Eye: Airfield proposal would bring new jobs and homes

Mid Suffolk District Council in Needham Market.

Mid Suffolk District Council in Needham Market. - Credit: Archant

PROPOSALS to develop a 333-acre former airfield that could create up to 3,000 jobs are to be discussed next week.

A vision for Eye Airfield is being developed which could see new housing and business areas created to boost jobs.

More than 138 acres of land on the airfield would have a “significant contribution” to future jobs and economic growth, according to the Eye Airfield Development Framework document.

The airfield, which sits next to the A140, would build on strong industries in the area including food, biochemistry, tourism and hospitality and engineering.

Manufacturing and logistic companies have expressed a growing interest in the airfield.

Mid Suffolk District Council’s Environment Policy Panel will meet on Tuesday to discuss the proposals. The site could also be recognised as a “centre of excellence” for food production and distribution.

Almost 32 aces of land would be for 400 homes with 25 acres set aside for a country park. A shuttle bus could link the airfield with Diss railway station and there would be shared footpath and cycle routes.

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A new Eye Common could be created on the southern part of the site which borders the town of Eye. The airfield, which is recognised as a heritage site, would need to be “carefully and thoroughly examined” for its archaeological importance.

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