Plans for more Lakenheath homes revealed

Bury firm Pigeon Investment's proposed housing development to the north of Lakenheath ANL-140511-125902001
Bury firm Pigeon Investment's proposed housing development to the north of Lakenheath ANL-140511-125902001
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Another proposed housing development in Lakenheath has been revealed to the public, two months after almost 300 new homes were approved in the village.

The proposal to the north of the village, put forward by Bury-based company Pigeon Investments, could put 375 new homes on the map.

In a presentation to Lakenheath Parish Council on Monday night, a representative from Pigeon said the firm had ‘a sustainable, comprehensive development earmarked for Lakenheath’.

A public consultation was held in Lakenheath Pavilion last month on the development, which also includes provision for community facilities and a new primary school.

It follows the approval of three housing developments in the village by the district council’s development 
control committee in September.

The developments around Eriswell Road, Station Road and Briscoe Way could bring 288 new homes to the village.

Another application, for up to 750 homes on land east of Eriswell Road, is still in the planning process.

Parish and district councillors have raised concerns about the need for improved infrastructure and more school places to accommodate new families.

Suffolk County Council previously said it is considering a number of sites for a new school in the area to relieve the pressure on St Christophers, in Red Lodge, but has yet to confirm a location.

Lakenheath ward councillor Colin Noble said: “Lakenheath needs a number of community facilities to be provided alongside any housing growth.

“I will work hard to make sure the things residents tell me that are important to them and our village are reflected in any discussions and proposals coming forward.”

Chair of the parish council’s planning subcommittee Hermione Brown said: “As a parish we are not against sustainable development. We understand that housing is needed but we want to act for the good of the village.

“Sustainable development needs to be plan-led with proper infrastructure in place, ideally prior to any 
development commencing.”

She added that councillors would not comment on the new plans until a planning 
application was submitted.