New village goes under the microscope

REISDENTS are being invited to a special two-day event to find out more about the multi-million pound proposals 2,000 new homes and an innovation park at Martlesham Heath.

REISDENTS are being invited to a special two-day event to find out more about the multi-million pound proposals 2,000 new homes and an innovation park at Martlesham Heath.

The information events are being staged by Suffolk Coastal and will feature full plans of the BT project to expand its Adastral Business Park site.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to come along, see the plans in detail and ask our officers any questions they may have about the application or how they can make their views known about the proposals,” said council cabinet member Andy Smith.

“The planning application is one of the biggest and most important ever received by this council and we want to ensure that people are able to give an informed view on the proposals.

“I would urge people to come along on these days so they can find out more about it.

“The views of the public are often very important in helping shape or improve planning applications or highlighting problems with them, and this is a real opportunity to be able to have an informed say on this major proposal.”

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The event will take place on Tuesday December 16 from 11am to 9pm and Wednesday December 17 from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Martlesham Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham.

The application includes 60,000 square metres of extra employment floorspace, 2,000 homes, hotel, primary school, energy centre, public park, and new road connections and changes to the junctions on the A12.

BT says the project could create 1,000 new jobs.

“This is a very detailed application and it is likely to be a few more months before the council's development control committee will be ready to meet and consider whether to approve or reject the application,” said Mr Smith.

Full details of the project are available on the council website - www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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