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Adastral Park 2,000-home community could be under way in 2017

PUBLISHED: 06:00 02 September 2016

Martlesham Heath and Adastral Park

Martlesham Heath and Adastral Park

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Developers are expecting work to start on what critics have labelled a “new town” at Martlesham Heath next summer – with up to 240 new homes to be built every year.

Land at Adastral Park has been earmarked for 2,000 homes, along with 60,000sq m of extra employment space in an innovation park with linked university provision, a mixed-use local centre, school, hotel, energy centre, public park and other areas of public open space, plus further community facilities.

There would also be major changes to the road network, and an upgrading of the A12 alongside the site.

CEG, a land promotion and property company specialising in the promotion of large scale development opportunities throughout the UK, is negotiating with BT to purchase the site.

The company said it was preparing and would be submitting a new planning application and Environmental Impact Assessment this autumn or winter.

A company spokesman said: “CEG is thrilled to be involved in this exciting project. The promoter’s team has undertaken an extensive amount of investigative work and has begun the preparation of application material.

“Simultaneously with the negotiations to purchase the site, CEG have undertaken an extensive amount of technical work in order to fully assess all issues associated with the site.

“Work on site is expected to commence in mid-2017 all with the potential to deliver early housing for occupation by late 2018/2019.

“As infrastructure is completed and site development progresses it is anticipated that the Adastral Park site will be completing for occupation between circa 120 and 240 homes per annum from 2020/2021.

“CEG will be undertaking local engagement ahead of the proposals being submitted and will continue involvement of the existing community throughout the planning processes. CEG look forward to working in partnership to deliver the high quality and sustainable development and community necessary for this important site.”

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