Chilton Woods development moves step closer as sale of land and £2.7m pot agreed

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

Controversial plans to develop more than 1,000 homes in Sudbury’s Chilton Woods have taken a step closer as councillors have given the green light for the sale of the land.

The major development on the edge of the town will bring 1,150 homes, create 1,900 new jobs and a brand new primary school.

Talk of a development there has been ongoing for more than 20 years, but Suffolk County Council’s cabinet this afternoon agreed to proceed with the sale of the land upfront for the scheme.

Outline planning permission was approved by Babergh District Council last year.

County council leader Colin Noble said: “I am delighted to report to cabinet we have made good progress and the development is now more advanced than every before.”

He added: “Suffolk needs houses and Babergh District Council has decided Chilton Woods is a site where they would like to see them delivered.

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“Both councils are committed to ensuring an appropriate level of infrastructure.”

The proposals were unanimously approved, meaning the land will be sold upfront either in parcels or as a whole, which developers will then work on over a 10 year period.

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The cabinet also agreed to allocate £2.7million to spend over a 10 year period.

A quarter of the homes have been designated as affordable.

However, the plans have also garnered criticism from locals over the involvement of parish councils and whether highways and infrastructure developments are robust enough.

Reading a statement on behalf of Chilton Parish Council, councillor Colin Spence said: “Contrary to the suggestion in this report before you that there has been extensive consultation, we regard this consultation as having been limited and unsatisfactory.

“Why is the council so unwilling to engage with the parish council most directly affected?”

The statement alleged that people’s views were ignored and meetings over road improvements never held.

Mr Spence added that residents want to help shape the community and said that they needed to know that the councils were helping get the benefits.

Mr Noble said it had been the council’s intention throughout to be as inclusive as possible.

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