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Planning application submitted for up to 300 homes at 26-hectare site north of Red Lodge, near Mildenhall

Plans have been submitted for a new development featuring up to 300 homes, retail and community facilities for residents, open space and a large area of employment land.

Applicant R J Upton '87 (Kings Warren) Ltd has put in an outline planning application for a 26-hectare site north of Red Lodge, near Mildenhall, bordering the A11.

A masterplan for the development was published last year and talks of a vision to create a new sustainable neighbourhood to the north of Red Lodge set within an attractive environment that responds to the local character and landscape setting of Suffolk.

The site off the A11 north of Red Lodge. Picture: Google Maps
The site off the A11 north of Red Lodge. Picture: Google Maps

The design and access statement with the planning application says: “The new development will provide up to 300 high quality homes of mixed tenure together with a new local centre hub for Red Lodge which will benefit not only the new residents but the wider community.

“An area of 8ha of land will be provided for employment to include a wide range of jobs within walking distance to all residents.

“The new primary school known as The Pines, has already been provided and opened in September 2018.

“The proposals set aside an area adjacent to the school for expansion to meet local need in the future.

“Retained mature trees together with on-street open swales will provide opportunities for wildlife habitat. Existing pine lines and tree belts will be accommodated within the open space proposals and create a strong green connectivity throughout the site.”

The plans say the local centre could facilitate a range of uses, which could include shops, restaurants, takeaway, small-scale commercial uses, a community building and/or health facility.

As part of the open space provision, an area of over 5.1ha will be provided for SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) alongside a network of green links and children’s play area.

The statement also talks about the development protecting and enhances existing habitats, also providing opportunities for new ones, and walking and cycling being at the heart of streetscape design.

It says vehicle charging points will be provided to all nondomestic units, and all domestic properties where viable i.e. those with adjacent parking.

The development will not use natural gas for building services and will adopt heat pumps and other viable forms of efficient electrically-powered systems for space heating, cooling, domestic hot water and ventilation.

In order to maximise on-site renewable energy, buildings will be provided with photovoltaic arrays, the statement added.

The application for the site, which is beyond Acorn Way, is also for landscaping, parking, infrastructure and associated roads, paths, and other hardstandings.