Work on Sudbury’s Chilton Woods could “start within weeks”

Part of the site earmarked for the new Chilton Woods development near Sudbury. Picture: EMMA BRENNAN

Part of the site earmarked for the new Chilton Woods development near Sudbury. Picture: EMMA BRENNAN - Credit: Archant

Work on developing the Chilton Woods area on the edge of Sudbury could start within weeks if Suffolk County Council’s cabinet backs a proposal to start selling land for the scheme.

Chilton Woods is a major new development on the edge of the town, which could see 1,150 homes built, 1,900 new jobs created and new primary school built.

The county council owns much of the land for development which was given outline planning permission by councillors at Babergh recently.

Now the council’s cabinet, at its meeting next Tuesday, is to be asked to agree to proceed with an upfront land sale approach to delivering the homes and jobs planned for the area.

An upfront land sale would see the council sell land to developers either in parcels or as a whole. The land at Chilton Woods is expected to be developed over a period of up to 10 years, with the first homes finished in 2019/20.


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The council wants to ensure three benefits from selling the land: making sure a quarter of the homes are “affordable” – for rent or split tenure, getting the highest capital receipts from the sale, and ensuring that everything possible is done to get the employment land developed.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “The council is committed to working with developers who will deliver the development in the line with the agreed planning permission.

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“Furthermore, developers will need to gain agreement from Babergh District Council, the planning authority, on a range of detailed matters including the detailed layout of the scheme, design and appearance of buildings and landscaping.

“Public consultation will be carried out as part of this process.”

County council leader Colin Noble said: “A great deal of hard work has gone into getting this development off the ground. It has been on the cards for many years so I am pleased that we can get on with delivering much needs homes and jobs.

“Throughout the planning process we engaged with local communities and carefully considered all the comments they made, making changes where possible.

“If Cabinet agrees to the recommended approach and the funding, I will be asking officers to start engaging the market in the coming weeks, so homes can start being delivered in 2019/20.”

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