Forest Heath District Council’s housing plan set for consultation

RAF Mildenhall which is due to close.

RAF Mildenhall which is due to close. - Credit: Gregg Brown

The local plan for housing allocation across a Suffolk district, including a potential development at RAF Mildenhall, will go out to consultation next month.

The long awaited local plan consultation, which will set housing allocation across Forest Heath District Council, has been agreed by cabinet members.

The plans give four options for the number of homes to be built for future generations and where they should go, up until 2031.

Several of the options include more than 1,000 homes to be built in Mildenhall, while villages such as Lakenheath could be due for significant development.

The documents do mention potential development at RAF Mildenhall when the USAF leave. However, they state that because no decision has been made by the Government on any future military use, the availability of the land has not been taken into account.

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James Waters, district council leader, said: “Next month I will be encouraging everyone who lives and works in Forest Heath to have their say because the decisions we take in the next few months will affect our future generations and we need to get them right.”

The council will hold the eight-week consultation between August and October.

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All the documents will be available online with paper copies in various locations.

Cabinet has approved consultation on the two elements of the local plan. The site allocation, to identify which areas should be developed, and the Single Issue Review, which is the document looking at numbers of homes required and their distribution.

The local plan is currently several years overdue.

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