A parish council has voiced support for proposals to build 300 new homes in a west Suffolk village, just weeks after a district councillor voiced her anger over the prospect. 

Plans for the construction of 300 homes on land north of Acorn Way in Red Lodge, near Mildenhall, along with a new local centre, which may include retail and public open spaces, have been received by West Suffolk Council.

Red Lodge Parish Council met on Wednesday November 28 to discuss the plans and a spokesperson said: "Red Lodge Parish Council fully supports this development which as well as providing more residential properties will provide employment in the village.

"It will also be extremely good to have a community building which will support the population of Red Lodge as well as an open space area." 

East Anglian Daily Times: Cllr Dawn Dicker Cllr Dawn Dicker (Image: West Suffolk Council)

This comes just weeks after Cllr Dawn Dicker, who represents the Iceni ward on the council, said she believes Red Lodge has taken a bigger share of the housing requirements in the district than other areas, leaving residents fed up. 

"I have believed that for a long time Red Lodge has taken excessive amounts of housing, a far bigger share of the districts requirements, whereas large towns like Newmarket have virtually been left alone," said Cllr Dicker. 

She said residents are fed up with poor parking provisions and a lack of provisions including transport, doctors and dentists. 

"Despite being against this further growth I do of course hope that the developer contributing requirements speedily come to fruition," she added. 

Last year, an application to build 141 homes on the site immediately adjacent to the Kings Warren housing development was approved by West Suffolk Council.

According to the design and access statement that has been submitted as part of the new application, the development will provide up to 300 "high quality" homes of mixed tenure together with a new local centre hub for the area. 

An area of eight hectares has been earmarked for employment to include a wide range of jobs and land has been set aside next to The Pines primary school for expansion to meet future demand.