Homes proposed for wood site cut back

Artist's impression from February 2015 of the Chilton Woods development ANL-150302-161557001
Artist's impression from February 2015 of the Chilton Woods development ANL-150302-161557001

An outline planning application has been submitted for the Chilton Woods scheme with a reduced number of homes.

Suffolk County Council has submitted its outline planning application to Babergh District Council for the controversial development, which is based on the edge of Sudbury.

The submission of plans has seen the number of proposed homes reduced from 1,250 to 1,100.

A spokesman for the county council said this was to “align more closely with the Core Strategy policy which identifies approximately 1,050 dwellings for the Chilton Woods site allocation.”

The council said the application had been shaped by views received during the period of pre-planning consultation with both local councils and members of the public at the beginning of the year and through discussions with a range of statutory consultees.

Plans for the development have twice been put on hold when landowner Suffolk County Council’s development partners pulled out of the project.

The site lies within the parishes of Chilton, Acton, Sudbury and Long Melford and is allocated for development in Babergh’s adopted Local Plan for the period 2011-2031.

Councillors have recognised it as an “ideal location” to meet housing and employment needs.

But, during the consultation in February many residents criticised the plans, with some concerned about the impact so many new homes would have on Sudbury’s already struggling road network.

Suffolk county councillor, Robert Whiting, member with special responsibility for property said: “I am pleased we have reached a position where this application can now be submitted for consideration and consultation.

“We have listened to the views of local people to arrive at this point and I look forward to making further progress with the application in the months to come.”

Suffolk County Council said it will deliver “wider benefits for the area” including a primary school, village hall, community woodland, pub, shops, sports pitches and walking/cycling routes.

In total 50 per cent of the site has been allocated as green space, with more pitches and a larger area of woodland combining play areas and recreational routes.

As a result of views received during pre-planning consultation alterations have been made, including further detail to recreational use and wildlife habitats within the woodland and traffic calming measures for Acton Lane.

Once registered, the application will be available through Babergh’s website www.babergh.gov.uk/chiltonwoods