Delays fail to deter hopes for homes plan

Optimism remains high that plans to build 1,100 new homes in Sudbury will go ahead despite progress on the proposals coming to a standstill.

The future of Chilton Woods has been uncertain since developer Redrow Homes pulled out of the project in January.

Babergh District Council submitted proposals for the 308-acre site – owned by Suffolk County Council – in April but a planning inspector appointed to analyse the project has yet to report back on his findings.

Jenny Antill, a district and county councillor for Waldingfield, said she believed the hold up was being caused by issues concerning other areas in the local plan, adding she was confident a new developer would be found.

“Even though the housing market is looking a bit better, this is a big development and there needs to be confidence in the market,” she said.

“The long-term aim is to develop the land and the aspiration remains to deliver the homes.”

A spokesman for the district council said progress on the plans, which include residential and employment use on the site, as well as a neighbourhood centre, a community centre and open space, was in the county council’s hands.

A spokeswoman for the authority said a board had been set up to help take the plans forward.