Eye: Development brief could create 3,000 new jobs at Eye Airfield

Residents are being urged to have their say on a new development brief for Eye Airfield.

A document has been drawn up by Mid Suffolk District Council, which says the business park could provide extra space to create 3,000 new jobs.

The brief for the former second world war airfield provides a framework for how the 135ha site, located alongside the A140, could be developed over the next 20 years.

Tim Passmore, leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said the plans aimed to support economic growth by offering extra business space. A small amount of residential development has also been identified along with new public open space and improvements to cycle and footpaths.

“Economic prosperity and growth in Mid Suffolk is at the top of our agenda. The development of the Eye Airfield, and its hinterland, is crucial to economic prosperity in the northern area of Mid Suffolk.

“It is absolutely vital that this development brings opportunities for our young people to enter the workforce in high value jobs for world-class companies. The council is totally committed to this process,” he said.

The development brief has been put together after consultation with local businesses, landowners, stakeholders and residents.

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It is available to view online at www.midsuffolk.gov.uk and the deadline for comments is September 7.

Printed versions can be viewed at Diss and Eye Libraries, Mid Suffolk District Council Offices in Needham Market, South Norfolk District Council Offices and Hartismere Health and Care.