Adastral Park legal agreement finalised – planning permission issued

Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC), Suffolk County Council and Carlyle Land, the owner of the land east of the A12 at Martlesham and east and south of Adastral Park, have today signed the S106 legal agreement, meaning the Outline Planning Permission has been approved paving the way for the £300 million development to go ahead.

The land is identified in the adopted Suffolk Coastal District Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Local Plan for a residential led, mixed-use development.

On 15 January 2018, SCDC’s Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission subject to conditions and the completion of the S106 deed.

The development, to be known as Brightwell Lakes, will bring £96million of infrastructure investment into the local area, including approximately £40 million of S106 contributions and £15 million of highways investment, as well as creating almost 1,000 new jobs.

The proposals include:

  • Up to 2,000 new homes, including affordable, starter, family and elderly accommodation
  • New infrastructure provision on the site including schools, local shops and services
  • A comprehensive multi-million pound package of transport improvements including junction and highways improvements to enhance vehicle flows, bus facilities, cycle and walking routes and a new A12 crossing
  • New jobs within the school, shops and extended business park
  • 34 hectares (85 acres) of formal and informal open spaces including woodland, meadows, heathland, a variety of play areas, a trim trail, a variety of circular walks, sports facilities and ecological areas. This is in addition to sports and recreation facilities for community use as part of the all-through school
  • Allotments/community orchards
  • 7km of circular walking routes and cycle paths
  • Protection for existing mature landscaping, including Spratts Plantation and woodland along the boundary
  • An improved lake environment catering for a variety of experiences with picnic areas, a café, play space, a beach and low disturbance wildlife areas
  • Funding to establish community ownership of green spaces, the lakeside and community assets; these would be professionally managed with potential for education, public art and community activities
  • The S106 legal agreement sets out the planning obligations and the trigger points by which financial contributions and new infrastructure should be delivered. It includes elements such as:
  • £17 million towards pre-school, primary, secondary and sixth form education, including the provision of new schools on site
  • A £15million package of transport improvements, including the redesign of specific key A12 junctions and improvements to the local road network
  • The provision of a new half hourly bus service between the site and Ipswich Railway station
  • A new health centre on the site or £725,000 towards improvements to existing doctor’s surgeries
  • £300,000 towards the Deben Estuary recreation mitigation
  • New SANG provision on the site, children’s play areas, sports pitches, changing facilities, a trim trail, allotments and community orchard

CEG is managing the development, working closely with the land owner and developer, Carlyle Land, and provides a wealth of experience in creating vibrant and attractive new communities around the UK. CEG is involved in four of the Government’s 14 new Garden Towns and Villages.

Jon Kenny, Development Director of CEG said:

“This very exciting development will deliver extensive new and improved infrastructure, including education and health provision, community facilities and transport improvements, alongside a full mix of new homes across all tenures. We will work closely with housebuilding partners to bring forward a high quality scheme which respects the site’s setting, with extensive green and open spaces. We are also working closely with BT and Suffolk Coastal District Council to bring forward state of the art business space in the northern quadrant which will be of regional, indeed, international significance.”

Peter Village, Chairman of Carlyle Land Limited, said:

“This will be an exemplar development of its kind. We have worked in close collaboration with all stakeholders, especially the local communities, to achieve a planning permission which will rapidly deliver a very high quality scheme in a highly sustainable location. This development will make a very important contribution to the supply of houses in the district. It will be a highly desirable location to live.”

Cllr Tony Fryatt, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Planning, said:

“The Adastral Park development is an exceptional scheme, bringing much-needed new homes, jobs and investment into the area. This development plays an important role in allowing us to deliver the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan, which sets out this Council’s long-term strategy for bolstering the economic and social health of the District.”

“What is particularly gratifying is that this high-quality development, which is the largest currently approved in Suffolk, is the result of collaborative working to develop the masterplan. This shows the way from strategically-led planning in the future. We have built an excellent working relationship with the developers, as well as the surrounding communities, and look forward to continuing to work with them.”