Babergh: District council backs 20-year plan for economic growth with 10,000 new jobs and 6,000 new homes

Hadleigh is set to get thousands of new homes built Hadleigh is set to get thousands of new homes built

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
9:03 PM

The creation of around 10,000 new jobs is at the heart of a blueprint that will shape the face of a Suffolk authority area over the next two decades.

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Bold plans for economic growth are central to Babergh’s new core strategy, which officers describe as a “jobs-led plan” aimed at creating 9,700 in the district by 2031.

The new local planning document, backed unanimously by councillors at a meeting last night, also seeks to deliver 6,000 new homes during that period, with a third of those being affordable.

Although Babergh’s two market towns - Sudbury and Hadleigh - are the focus for growth, with 1,050 of the homes earmarked for the Chilton Woods development north of Sudbury, the core strategy also promotes a positive approach to rural development, with 40% of new homes planned for rural sites.

The council aims to plan for rural locations in a new way using a “village clusters” approach to reflect how rural communities work and connect with each other.

According to Rich Cooke, Babergh’s corporate manager for spatial planning policy, all new developments will have to be “realistic, practical and achievable rather than just pipe dreams expressed on maps”.

He said the strategy reflected the Government’s new approach to planning and sustainable growth, which places an onus on councils to approve “the right kind of new development”.

Mr Cooke told this newspaper: “The new plan is jobs-led, rather than homes led, with the starting point being identified with aims for the level of new jobs and prosperity. The need for new homes flows on from this aspiration.

“The emphasis in planning for new homes will be much more about ensuring the right kind of homes of high quality design, sustainability and affordability are provided in the right locations where most needed.”

Babergh is one of Suffolk’s most sparsely populated authorities with much of the district made up of small rural villages. Council members welcomed the strategy’s new approach to planning for rural areas.

At the meeting last night, Clive Arthey, councillor for North Cosford ward, which includes the villages of Brent Eleigh, Chelsworth, Cockfield and Thorpe Morieux, described the strategy as a “fantastic document” that rural members should be proud of.

He added: “Prior to the First World War, village populations in Suffolk were twice what they are today so it’s no surprise that many facilities in rural communities are suffering. Having 40% of growth designated to villages will help enormously to preserve the facilities that they have. This will help them to survive with balanced communities into the future.”

Council chairman Nick Ridley added: “The core strategy is something for us to really build on in the future.”

Changes made to the document have just been approved by a Government planning inspector, who confirmed in his report that the core strategy now provides an “appropriate basis for the planning of the district over the next 20 years”.

The core strategy replaces 33 policies from the previous 2006 local plan. It contains policies relating specifically to the Chilton Woods strategic land allocation, land east of Sudbury at Great Cornard earmarked for up to 400 homes, a strategic site to the east of Hadleigh which will include 250 extra homes and employment land, a mixed use site on the Babergh Ipswich fringe and brownfield employment sites at Sproughton and Wherstead.

7 comments

  • The problem is that public transport is not being improved with the growth in fact it is constantly being cut back. The public transport in the area is a joke you have no choice but to travel by car A cheaper option for restoring the Colchester, Sudbury, Haverhill Cambridge rail line could be to use a modern Trolley bus system . If using laser guidance it can be kept to a narrow lane. They can reach similar speeds to branch line trains ie up to about 50 mph and can carry similar number of passengers The cost would be a lot less than restoring a full rail link and it could also be installed a lot quicker. They can also run off of the overhead lines for some miles but at a lower speed http:www.tbus.org.uk

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    BobE

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • what with all the nimbys in hadleigh it will be 20 years before they start.they want to sort out east house before they talk about new builds.all these council names look good on paper,but they will not deliver.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Hadleigh getting its Tesco's afterall in the future then , the town won't be able to not have one with all those mouths to feed !

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • The problem is that public transport is not being improved with the growth in fact it is constantly being cut back. The public transport in the area is a joke you have no choice but to travel by car A cheaper option for restoring the Colchester, Sudbury, Haverhill Cambridge rail line could be to use a modern Trolley bus system . If using laser guidance it can be kept to a narrow lane. They can reach similar speeds to branch line trains ie up to about 50 mph and can carry similar number of passengers The cost would be a lot less than restoring a full rail link and it could also be installed a lot quicker. They can also run off of the overhead lines for some miles but at a lower speed http:www.tbus.org.uk

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    BobE

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Tragic, and they still do not have a railway station (anymore - they had one many moons ago).

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Hadleigh wont get a tescos they pulled out completly. Good for hadleigh to grow welcome more housing but where are they being built or these new houses part of the the hadleigh park development

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    Richard Tann

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Having read the document, as a resident of Ipswich it is absolute madness that a Council sitting in Hadleigh, from all the comments looking to links with Colchester is planning to dump all it's industrial development and a good chunck of housing on Ipswich. Why build on greenfield site right on the edge of between Tesco Copdock and where the Hadleigh Rd comes from where it crosses the A14 to London Road. 100's of more houses clogging up Ipswich Roads. Why use the Sugar Beet Factory site for industry when there are empty units in that area on existing sites, the block making site next to the railway which is huge is available, whilst Ipswich builds 5,000 homes on a greenfield site with no link to the A14 and no bridge over the Gipping to Hadleigh Rd to relieve Bramford RdYarmouth Rd and allow access to the A14 from the Harris Bacon Site which is going to be strangled by weight limits as it is miles from the A14A12 junction up London Rd. This is a classic example of unjoined up thinking where Ipswich will pay the price for years to come and have no say on the plan. Quite simply the Capel, East Bergholt, Holbrook and parts of the Hadleigh sections should be part of Ipswich and only then can a joined up thought out plan be built for Ipswich instead of Hadleigh dumping it's industrial build on Ipswich, so that part of the very industrial site at Bramtham can have houses built on it. As for building 40% of houses in rural locations, that's more traffic comming in to Ipswich or Colchester bunging up the roads because you can not provide a decent bus service to small villages scattered over the area. And us residents of Ipswich are tld to put up with Babergh traffic whilst we walk. Madness.

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    The Ginge

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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