A public consultation has been launched on plans by Suffolk County Council to build more than 1,000 new homes on land to the west of Mildenhall.

The new community would include houses, parks, a new school, a new local centre, and an area for jobs.

Two previous consultations were held in 2021 and 2022 about the proposed masterplan, which was adopted in November 2022.

The public is being asked for its views on the council’s outline planning application for the site which will be submitted to West Suffolk Council for approval.

A public exhibition will be held at the Mildenhall Hub, in Sheldrick Way, on Tuesday February 21 from 2.00pm to 8.00pm.

The site comprises 83 hectares of arable land, adjacent to the Mildenhall hub and with the B1102 West Row Road through its centre, along the western edge of the town. The county council is the majority landowner.

The new community would include up to 1,300 houses with a 30 per cent affordable allocation, parks, a new primary school, a new local centre and an area for jobs, and an 80-bed supported living adult care facility, plus ten hectares of open space.

The site is bounded by an existing industrial estate to its north, the existing urban boundary of Mildenhall to its east, the River Lark and Mildenhall Hub to its south, and designated countryside to its west.

It has been previously allocated for mixed-use development of housing, employment, schools, shops, open spaces and recreation.

Councillor Richard Smith, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for economic development, transport strategy and waste, said: “This is a major scheme that will bring new homes and investment to Mildenhall and the views of the public are an important part of the process.

“Those views will be incorporated as much as possible in our planning application and I would urge people in and around Mildenhall to let us know what they think.”

The proposals can be viewed online here.

All views must be submitted to Suffolk County Council by 5.00pm on Monday March 20.

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