Inspector examining plans

The planning inspector appointed to scrutinise plans for the 308-acre Chilton Woods site in Sudbury is expected to return a verdict in the next few days.

Babergh District Council submitted its proposals for the site, which is owned by Suffolk County Council, on Friday. The new plan commits Suffolk County Council to securing outline planning permission for the site.

Redrow Homes, the developer chosen to build more than 1,100 homes, withdrew from the site in March.

Lindsay Barker, Babergh District Council’s strategic director for place, said: “We are really pleased with the work that we have done with the county council and the other landowners to ensure Chilton Woods remains a viable development area.

“We believe, with this new development plan, we can convince the planning inspector that the development can go ahead and will make a big contribution to a prosperous Sudbury.”

The plan includes residential and employment use of the site, as well as a neighbourhood centre, a community centre and open space.

Paul Bryant, from the planning policy team at Babergh, said it was hoped the council would hear from the inspector before the end of next week.