County Council set to kick start Chilton Woods development

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The county council plans to kick start the Chilton Woods development within weeks, subject to Cabinet approval.

With a planning application now agreed with Babergh District Council, the county council is committed to forging ahead with the roll out of the Chilton Woods development as quickly as possible.

At its meeting on 17 April, the county council’s Cabinet will be asked to agree to proceed with an upfront land sale approach to delivering the homes and jobs planned for the area.  An upfront land sale would see the council sell “un-serviced” land to housebuilders/residential developer(s) either in lots/parcels or as a whole. 

Various delivery options were evaluated against the councils objectives for the area, which are:

  • Delivering homes as soon as possible, ensuring that 25% of the homes are affordable
  • Securing capital receipts to enable greater investment in other council services and
  • Helping to enable the delivery of employment land and considering opportunities for third party funding

As well as agreeing the delivery approach, the Cabinet is also being asked to set aside funding of up to £2.7 million, to be released over a ten year period, to engage the necessary professional services that will ensure the council achieves the best return possible.

The council is committed to working with developers who will deliver the development in the line with the agreed planning permission. Furthermore, developers will need to gain agreement from Babergh District Council, the planning authority, on a range of detailed matters including the detailed layout of the scheme, design and appearance of buildings and landscaping. Public consultation will be carried out as part of this process.

Councillor Colin Noble, Leader of Suffolk County Council said:

“A great deal of hard work has gone into getting this development off the ground. It has been on the cards for many years so I am pleased that we have secured outline planning approval on the site and can get on with delivering much needs homes and jobs, in line with Babergh District Council’s local plan.

“Throughout the planning process we engaged with local communities and carefully considered all the comments they made, making changes wherever possible. 

“If Cabinet agrees to the recommended approach and the funding, I will be asking officers to start engaging the market in the coming weeks, so homes can start being delivered in 2019/20.”

The scheme includes the following:

  • 1,150 new homes (288 (25%) of which will be affordable)
  • employment land (15 hectares) to provide circa 1,900 new jobs
  • a new primary school and pre-school provision
  • improvements to key highway junctions in the town prioritised to come forward at an early stage
  • securing detailed approval for a new roundabout and road to open access to a significant area of employment land to the west of the site
  • investment into public transport, plus investment into walking and cycling improvements
  • sports pitches, changing facilities and parking
  • a village centre comprising local retail, pub and village hall
  • a new household waste recycling centre
  • open space, community woodland and children’s play areas

Road junction Improvements will be made to:

  • Acton Lane / A134 Springlands Way
  • Valley Road / A134
  • B1115 Waldingfield Road / Aubrey Drive / Church Field Road (Homebase roundabout)
  • A134 Springlands Way / B1115 Waldingfield Road (McDonalds roundabout)
  • Newton Road / Northern Road / Shawlands Road (Esso / Carpetright / Halfords roundabout)
  • A131 Melford Road / York Road / Girling Street
  • A131 Gregory Street / Gainsborough Street / School Street
  • East Street (east and west) and A131 Girling Street

Find a copy of the paper from our committee minutes database.