Change to major homes blueprint

SIGNIFICANT changes to the proposals to build 2,000 homes and a create hundreds of jobs at BT's Adastral Park site at Martlesham Heath have gone on show to the public.

SIGNIFICANT changes to the proposals to build 2,000 homes and a create hundreds of jobs at BT's Adastral Park site at Martlesham Heath have gone on show to the public.

An exhibition on the massive development project is being held as part of a fresh round of public consultation.

Planners say the proposals have undergone “significant changes” even though the main part of the scheme - 2,000 homes and 60,000 sq m of extra employment space to regenerate Adastral Park as a state-of-the-art major innovation and technology centre for years to come - is unaltered.

People have until May 22 to give their views.

Deputy leader of Suffolk Coastal council Andy Smith said: “This is an extremely complex application which is of major importance to our district and I would urge people to see the outline plans and decide for themselves whether the changes are improvements on the original scheme or not.”

Phil Dance, senior director at Adastral Park, said BT had revised its plans following constructive feedback from the council and residents.

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“We welcome all of the feedback we have received on these plans, and this revised application takes into account comments made by the council, local people and other stakeholders,” he said.

The revised proposals reduce the area proposed to be developed up to 2025 and also makes changes to the road access to the site, with a new link from Newbourne Road via the old Felixstowe Road.

There are changes to layout and phasing, plus proposed junction improvements to the A12. The issue of secondary education provision is still being considered but a new school could be provided at Adastral Park if that was the best site.

Councillors are unlikely to discuss the revised plans until August or September.

FASTFACTS: Changes to the BT plans

Relocating large areas of green open space and playing fields to the eastern edge of the site closest to Waldringfield.

Significantly increasing planting along the site boundary, including new native trees and shrubs.

More and deeper “Green Corridors” across the scheme, and more playing fields and open space to improve setting for the new community.

Changes to the road network on the site to simplify internal circulation.

Alternative links to the Foxhall roundabout via improvements to the former Felixstowe-Woodbridge route to the south-west of the site.

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