Woodbridge/Melton: Public to be asked for views on sports club ground share plans

Woodbridge Town entertain Newmarket Town at their current Notcutts Park home ground earlier this yea

Woodbridge Town entertain Newmarket Town at their current Notcutts Park home ground earlier this year - Credit: Archant

Members of the public will today get their first look at plans to create a new home for two Suffolk sports clubs and make way for more than 100 homes.

Proposals to move Woodbridge Town Football Club and St Audry’s Sports and Social Club to a joint venue in Ufford will go on display at the Woodpeckers’ current Notcutts Park home from 2pm-7pm.

Hopkins Homes hopes to develop the land vacated by Woodbridge Town for about 95 homes, including affordable housing, a community building and open space, with a smaller development of 12 family homes planned at the current St Audry’s site in Melton.

A new home for both clubs is proposed at the old Notcutts nursery site in Yarmouth Road, Ufford.

A spokesman for Hopkins Homes said the exhibition would provide an opportunity for the public to make comments on the proposals and put questions to the developer. He said: “This is part of pre-application consultation and will give the public a chance to have a look at proposals, ask questions of the development team and leave comments as part of their conversations or on the feedback forms provided.

“This is about hearing the views of the community, reflecting on those views and modifying the schemes where possible, while being honest about where it’s not possible and explaining why.

“There will be a lot of questions but we want to get across that this is a great opportunity for both football clubs and for St Audry’s Cricket Club. It’s not often that a scheme comes forward that gives widespread benefit to a great number of people.”

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A second public exhibition on proposals is planned for tomorrow, between 1pm and 7pm at St Audrys Sports and Social Club.

Following initial consultation, a detailed proposal will be drawn up and submitted at the turn of the year.

The exhibitions are drop-in events and there is no need to book. To view the plans, visit hopkinshomes.co.uk/page/planning.