Village residents to have their say

RESIDENTS of an area which could be radically transformed by a development proposal from communications giant BT were today reassured they would be listened to over the idea.

RESIDENTS of an area which could be radically transformed by a development proposal from communications giant BT were today reassured they would be listened to over the idea.

BT wants to create an innovation park which it says will create 2,000 jobs on land surrounding its research hub Adastral Park at Martlesham Heath.

After several months of consultation with residents, it has now submitted plans to Mid Suffolk District Council outlining its objectives.

It wants the go-ahead for a 2,000 home development, new community facilities and a change the road network in the area.

Andy Smith, the district council's cabinet member for planning, said: “I would like to make it clear to everyone concerned that this is just the start of what will be a lengthy process as this is a major application which requires a great deal of consideration before it will be formally considered by the council.”

Phil Dance, BT's managing director for technology development and senior manager at Adastral Park, said: “This is an opportunity unique in the UK to develop a truly sustainable 21st Century community, with jobs and homes side-by-side.

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“Our vision for Adastral Park will create more than 2,000 jobs as part of a new hi-tech business community as well as much-needed homes for local people.”

Information about the application will be posted at www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourdistrict/devcontrol/adastralpark early this week.

What do you think of the proposals? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

BT's application includes plans for:

The transformation of 250 acres of low-grade agricultural land and quarry into a vibrant new community

Development of the existing transport infrastructure, including improved A12 access and creating better connections to the local communities and Ipswich town centre

New infrastructure ranging from a primary school to healthcare facilities, shops and sports facilities

A hotel to cater for business visitors and tourists

The creation of 'green corridors' - areas of actively managed green space which will provide habitats for plants, birds and animals