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First homes ready at The Fields 51-home development off Turkey Hall Lane in Bacton





An £11 million development in rural Suffolk is nearing completion with its first eight homes finished.

The Fields, off Turkey Hall Lane in Bacton, near Stowmarket, is a 51-home development being built by Flagship Homes.

The first homes, as well as a marketing suite on the site, will be completed tomorrow with the rest of the estate to be ready by spring 2025.

A view of The Fields, which is off Turkey Hall Lane in Bacton. Picture: Flagship Group
A view of The Fields, which is off Turkey Hall Lane in Bacton. Picture: Flagship Group

Peter Waplington, senior development project manager, said: “The site boasts an impressive hectare of open space, which is very rare for a four-hectare site.

“The street scene from Turkey Hall Lane was carefully designed to showcase the variety and quality of the materials used on site.

“A lot of work and consideration has been given to the scheme's design to make this site stand out.”

Peter Waplington, senior development project manager. Picture: Flagship Group
Peter Waplington, senior development project manager. Picture: Flagship Group

Flagship was given planning permission for the development in 2018, however Mid Suffolk District Council deferred Flagship’s reserved matters application due to concerns over design and layout.

The Fields contains two to four bedroom semi-detached and detached houses as well as two to three bedroom bungalows.

These homes are being sold on the open market while others are for shared ownership or affordable rent.

The site also has a wildflower meadow, a public open space and footpath links to St Mary’s Playground.

Amanda Crichton, head of sales and marketing. Picture: Flagship Group
Amanda Crichton, head of sales and marketing. Picture: Flagship Group

The main road through the development is named after Edwin Castell, from Bacton, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in France and Flanders during the First World War.

Mildenhall-based builders Cocksedge has been the main contractor working on the project.

Amanda Crichton, head of sales and marketing, said: “We’re looking forward to opening to the general public and we’ve been really pleased with the interest so far.

“People are not just buying a home, they’re buying a lifestyle here – they’re buying into the community and everything that’s going on in Bacton.

Delivery manager James Ollington, left, and Peter Waplington, senior development project manager. Picture: Flagship Group
Delivery manager James Ollington, left, and Peter Waplington, senior development project manager. Picture: Flagship Group

“You’re not far at all from the A14 but you have a really lovely village feel with a lot of facilities.”