Revised development plan to go on show

A REVISED masterplan of a multi-million pound development that will provide a town with 700 new homes and 500 extra jobs are to go on show within weeks.

A REVISED masterplan of a multi-million pound development that will provide a town with 700 new homes and 500 extra jobs are to go on show within weeks.

Members of the public hoping to get the fist glimpse of what the proposed new Chilton plans on the edge of Sudbury, may look like at a public exhibition next month.

Earlier this year more than 500 people attended a public exhibition at Sudbury town hall to find out the details of the proposed £500m project, which will permanently change the face of Sudbury and will eat up large open spaces between the town and the villages of Acton and Great Waldinfield.

Now the Ashwell Property Group, which is leading the project, is planning to revisit the town and hope to show initial images of how the massive development may look like when built.

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The scheme, which would take 10-years to complete, would be the biggest development in the town in more than 30 years, and is being hailed by council officials as vital for the town's economical and social growth.

The plans would see 700 new houses being built, ranging from one-bedroom flats to luxury five-bedroom properties. Of those around 245 would be affordable homes.

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Land close to the existing Woodhall Business Park has been set aside to build 20 new factories, creating at least 500 new jobs.

A new primary school and playing fields on the site of All Saints Middle School, is also included in the scheme.

A shopping complex would be built to serve the new community, with 1.8 hectares set aside for leisure amenities, including new football pitches.

An area of just under 75 acres will be used to create community woodland and 13 acres north of Waldingfield Road will be used for a new waste transfer station and a household recycling and refuse depot.

Earlier plans showed part of Acton Lane, linking Sudbury to Acton, would be closed with a new relief road taking traffic from the development onto Waldingfield Road. Another access route would be created to link the Tesco roundabout to an existing spine road.

If the 270-acre scheme gets the go ahead it will bring the fast growing boundaries of Sudbury, Acton and Great Waldingfield closer together.

Ashwell will stage the latest exhibition at Sudbury town hall in May. Company spokesman Simon Butler-Finbow said: "We would like to thank the people who have taken the time to give us their views. The feedback is currently being considered and will contribute to the next stage of the Chilton project."

The Chilton development is included in second draft of Babergh District Council's local plan, which is subject to a public inquiry in September.

If the plan is approved Suffolk County Council hope to start work in 2006 and complete the project by 2016.

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