Plans to build a new care village, with a 66 bedroom care home and 40 assisted bungalows, have been submitted.

If the proposal is given the green light, the development will be built on the 11.5 hectares of land off School Road in Elmswell, between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. 

The application which has been submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council by Christchurch Land and Estates, which said the planned site would be built on an existing agricultural field. 

The development will predominantly be single-storey and if approved will be built next to an 86 home development in a neighbouring field which was given the green light in June 2022. 

As part of the development there will also be a management building, clubhouse and communal area built. 

The design and access statement states: "The site will provide new high-quality homes and care facilities, alongside accessible green space and new pedestrian and cycle links.

"Proposed buildings will be set within a framework of green infrastructure, which includes an extensive new wildflower meadow to the south of the development that occupies approximately half of the site."

The document continues: "The proposals will give rise to significant benefits in terms of providing for an established, recognised need, additional services for the community in addition to savings in the public spending will free up family housing as a consequence of elderly people relocating into the retirement community."

The planning application also states that 110 new car parking spaces will be built as a result of the new development. 

It will be considered by Mid Suffolk District Council at a later date.

The project is the latest care village development planned to be built in Suffolk, following a string of applications in recent years.

In Halesworth, a 54-bed care home as well as 100 flats and a sports pitch received approval from East Suffolk Council at the start of 2022.