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Rapid progress at last being made on Adastral Park plans

PUBLISHED: 06:00 27 February 2016

The area around Adastral Park at Martlesham Heath which could be developed with 2,000 homes and other facilities.

The area around Adastral Park at Martlesham Heath which could be developed with 2,000 homes and other facilities.

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Moves to build 2,000 new homes at BT’s Adastral Park site have kick-started into action – and developers believe work on the first properties could begin in early 2018.

The project was first submitted to planners back in spring 2009 but has been stalled pending the outcome of a series of challenges in the High Court.

No Adastral New Town (NANT) challenged the process by which Suffolk Coastal council selected BT’s land at Martlesham Heath as the site for major development and claimed it was unlawful.

The group also said the project would put at risk the Deben Special Protection Area for birds, one of the country’s “jewels in the crown” of nature conservation.

However, after a succession of High Court appeals at which the council’s Local Plan was found to be sound and was validated, NANT was refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

As well as 2,000 homes, BT wants to create up to 60,000sq m of extra employment space in an innovation park with linked university provision, a mixed-use local centre, school, hotel, energy centre, public park and other areas of public open space, plus further community facilities.

There would also be major changes to the road network, and an upgrading of the A12 alongside the site with new lanes and traffic lights.

South area development management team leader at Suffolk Coastal, Liz Beighton said BT had appointed contractors to work with it on the Adastral Park project and rapid progress was now being made.

Further research work was taking place and the results of this and various documents were expected in the next few months, and there would also be liaison meetings with parish councils around summer.

She said: “This will be followed by more formal consultation.

“The developers are looking to start building homes on the site in the first quarter of 2018.

“Adastral Park is now moving forward.”

10 comments

  • I'm all for new affordable housing in the area... Which I hope some of these new houses will be! However I hate to think what this new development is going to mean to the traffic in rush hours!! The A14 and A12 are a nightmare at the best of times! I just find it frustrating that whatever the local people think of such developments will not be taken into account, because money talks at the end of the day!!

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    Anonymous

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • This seems like a really good idea and will create effectively a campus where workers can both live and work close together. No more congestion on roads, either walk or cycle the short distance! I am sure BT can wire up some super-fast broadband to everyone from day one too. This has to be the way forward. Of course, people will have cars, but the congestion problem currently is too many people using the roads at the wrong times - like rush hour to and from work and the school run. This effectively eliminates it. As for the Kesgrave expansion... anyone able to afford the places are going to have cars and are going to cause headaches for other motorists on the already over-subscribed local roads.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • The A12 near this will be gridlocked ! There are no roads feeding that area now so hopefully some decent infrastructure before any building starts . I wont hold my breath . With this and the Grange Farm expansion i think we may be moving somewhere else where excess traffic doesn't ruin most days. Thanks!

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    Poppys Dad

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • I have no doubt that 1000, or even 1200 or more houses will be built at Kesgrave just off Foxhall Rd. The current proposal for 300 is unacceptable because the developer is hoping to get away without providing proper access to the whole site with two direct roads off Foxhall Rd and no direct road access off Bell Lane or Dobbs Lane or link road across Longstrops. When the landowner provides a layout for the whole site to include roads and services it should be considered, but not before.

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • Yes we need new homes in this area but for goodness sake sort out the traffic issues this will cause. Putting in the traffic lights which IBCSCC seem to have in the storeroom is not the answer!! The roads need proper planning and not just a few new white lines and mini roundabouts. We have seen it all before and when Kesgrave goes ahead (no doubt there) and the A14 is closed the only way in and out will be by aeroplane. .....maybe we need an airfield at Martlesham !

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    Barnesy

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • I regret that Amsterdam81 is being too optimistic. The current Suffolk Coastal Local plan calls for 7900 new homes across the district, but the evidence submitted to the planning inspector showed a need for 11000 homes. That's why SCDC still have to find land for at least another 3100 homes, and it may be that Bell Lane 1000 is seen as going some way towards meeting the 3100 shortfall.

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    Mousemat

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • Hasn't someone over there found a Great Crested Newt yet? Will their be a Wooddbridge version of Swampy, but dressed in a Barbour jacket, Hunter wellies, and only available to demo' after Lucindas' pony riding class, and before lunch with the ladies? Martlebridge is coming......

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    Mike Derruki

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • "any NE building" said any new building when I wrote it. Isn't modern technology great for helping us write rubbish!

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • It's a pity NANT can't now be forced to pay compensation to SCDC and BT for the delays they caused by their claims which had no merit. At least there is now no justification to press on with any NE building in Kesgrave for several years. Adastral Park development will see major road improvements to the A12, new schools and employment opportunities, things that any more building at Kesgrave will never do. Provision of a Northern Bypass would be helpful in relieving some of the through traffic heading North or West.

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • It's going to be such traffic heel around that area, it's close to it already even without Adastral Park and the new Kesgrave estate.

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    McLean

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

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