Plans for large development get the go-ahead

Site plan for the Chilton Leys development
Site plan for the Chilton Leys development
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Outline plans to build up to 1,000 new homes in Stowmarket have been given the green light.

Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) met on Monday to discuss the development at Chilton Leys as well as a further area of development at Mill Lane near Cedars Park.

Chilton Leys is the largest allocation of greenfield sites as part of the Stowmarket Area Action Plan, adopted by the council in February this year.

The development would see hundreds of homes, a new primary school and new employment areas built over the next 15 years.

Stowmarket county councillor Gary Green said although he recognised more houses needed to be built in the town, it was essential to get the infrastructure right.

“We all know Stowmarket is a booming town and is still growing,” he said.

“But the devil really is in the detail.

“I am glad Chilton Fields has been saved, that’s the most important thing for me.

“There are some good points to the plan but it is what goes with it that is important, the infrastructure at the site.”

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “We are delighted with MSDC’s decision to adopt the Development Brief, which outlines our proposals for around 800 high-quality new homes on land at Chilton Leys as well as employment land, a new primary school, a local centre and public open space for the benefit of the whole community.”

MSDC Leader Derrick Haley said: “Stowmarket is Mid Suffolk’s largest town and most sustainable location for future development and we are pleased with the way this area is developing.”