Chilton Woods: latest plans set to be revealed

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Revised proposals for a massive 1,250-home development on the outskirts of Sudbury will go on show to the public soon.

The latest plans by Suffolk County Council for the 270-acre Chilton Woods site is set to be revealed in the next few weeks.

Two schemes have fallen through in recent years when development partners with the county council pulled out.

Site details have yet to be revealed but it is believed the number of homes to be included has increased.

Jenny Antill, Suffolk county councillor and Babergh district councillor for Chilton, said: “It’s not the same as the Redrow scheme.”

Redrow Homes previously pulled out after bosses deemed the development to be “unviable”.

“Changes have been made to make it more viable,” said Mrs Antill. “I think there have been some improvements but the essence of the scheme remains pretty much the same.

“There are industrial areas, residential properties and plans for a community hub.”

Mrs Antill said plans for a community facility could give the village its first community hall, while there are also plans to build a primary school on the site.

Included as part of the development would be a significant number of affordable properties, which Mrs Antill said would be key to Babergh District Council’s plans for affordable housing across the district.

“They are badly needed in the area,” she said. “From that perspective, the site is extremely important.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said an announcement on the scheme was expected soon.

“We haven’t got a specific date yet, but it will be around the end of January and people will be able to view information and comment via the county council’s website,” said the spokesman.

“We will also be organising drop-in sessions in the local area.”

Councillors from the village and the surrounding areas will be the first to view the new plans before they are revealed to the general public.

Mrs Antill urged residents to use this opportunity to voice their own opinions.

“We always try to listen to what people say and take different ideas into account,” she said, adding that advice would be particularly welcome on what should be included in the community hub.

“There are still matters of some debate,” she said. “There are questions we would like to have the public’s views on.”