Sports town will create 3,000 jobs

THREE thousand new jobs will be created by a £1billion scheme to build a residential sports town in Suffolk, the EADT can reveal.Further details emerged last night about the massive development planned for land near Newmarket.

THREE thousand new jobs will be created by a £1billion scheme to build a residential sports town in Suffolk, the EADT can reveal.

Further details emerged last night about the massive development planned for land near Newmarket.

The Watermark Development is designed as a state-of-the-art model town based on promoting sport, ecology and healthy lifestyles.

It is backed by five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, who said the development is "exactly what this country needs".


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Yesterday, the EADT revealed the estimated £1 billion cost of the 5,000 new homes, housing a population of 15,000 people, which will comprise the major part of the development, along with rowing lakes and a 5,000-seater sporting and leisure arena.

More documents have come to light, submitted by developers Orion Land and Leisure to the East of England Regional Assembly, including a previously unpublished letter of support from Sir Steve.

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He states: "It has been and continues to be a pleasure to contribute my thoughts to the Watermark masterplan.

"I believe the current plan reflects exactly what this country needs and I have no doubt such a prospect will shape the future in terms of providing a unique combination of healthy living and active lifestyles."

The documents also show an estimated 3,000 jobs will be created by the scheme, spread across the cafes, bars, medical facilities, schools, and many different sporting activities which form part of the new town.

Developers have recommended regional assembly job growth figures should be raised by 3,000 to "reflect the potential of Watermark."

Furthermore, this figure could ultimately be exceeded as the documents also reveal a major technology company is interested in establishing a headquarters as part of the scheme.

A spokesman for Orion declined to identify the potential investor at such an early stage in the scheme, but the documents state: "A multi-national technology company is eager to work with Orion and will consider establishing a new state-of-the-art 250,000sq ft headquarters at Watermark."

Public consultation on major future development in the Forest Heath district of west Suffolk are due to be discussed at a council meeting in Mildenhall tonight, where protestors, the Five Villages Preservation Trust, plan to demonstrate against Watermark.

Orion's plans will be debated at an examination in public (EIP) in September, where the potential for Watermark's inclusion in the regional spatial strategy and its ultimate likelihood of coming to fruition could be decided.

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