RAF Mildenhall’s closure will not affect demand on housing market, experts say

Entrance to RAF Mildenhall. ENGANL00120130608144929
Entrance to RAF Mildenhall. ENGANL00120130608144929
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Housing professionals expect a strong demand on the property market in Forest Heath to continue after the closure of RAF Mildenhall.

At a meeting hosted by Forest Heath District Council to discuss the closure’s impact on housing, property developers, registered providers and lettings agents agreed demand will not wane when the US Airforce withdraws from the base after 2019.

Cllr James Waters, leader of Forest Heath said: “The clear message from this meeting was that despite the closure, Mildenhall, and Forest Heath as a whole, are expected to continue to see strong demand for homes, particularly from families.

“There will still be a need for more housing and employment, and more infrastructure to go with it – but in the short term there is also a need for more clarity and information from the MOD on the future of the base.

“The housing professionals all backed Forest Heath’s push for a quick decision from the MOD as to whether the site will have a military future.

“We believe that there will be a bright future for the base, and our shared long term vision for the site will become clearer over the months ahead, working with the local community, businesses and our partners.”

Two further meetings have been scheduled by Forest Heath this month to discuss the impact on communities and businesses. The feedback will be presented at the next meeting of the Government’s Mildenhall, Alconbury and Molesworth (MAM) Working Group.