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Green light for housing and school near RAF Lakenheath

Published: Thursday, 11th August 2016

Plans for a 375 home development including land for a new primary school near RAF Lakenheath have been approved despite flight path noise concerns…

Proposals for a 375-home development including land for a new primary school near RAF Lakenheath have been given the go-ahead by Forest Heath District Council’s Development Control Committee.

The scheme was the subject of a hybrid application from the Cobbold Family and Pigeon Investment Management and had had a slightly chequered past.

Lakenheath Parish Council has threatened legal action over the proposals after insisting the proposed site for the school was unsuitable because of its proximity to flight paths from the airfield. The council also had concerns about traffic and parking.

The application was withdrawn from the Suffolk planning authority’s March meeting pending further detail about the impact of the scheme.

Officers, though, concluded that “the cumulative infrastructure impacts of the proposed residential development (in terms of ecology, utilities, landscape, air quality, health care, transport and schooling) would be acceptable. There is no evidence to demonstrate that the development proposal should be refused planning permission on grounds of real or potential cumulative impact”.

Members were also informed by officers that aviation advice on noise has not been challenged. The committee was told: “The MOD noise contour map confirms the application site is less affected by noise than other parts of the village.”

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Roger Milne