The long-awaited Chilton Woods development site on the edge of Sudbury took a major step forward today as Suffolk County Council exchanged contracts with housing developer Taylor Wimpey.
Chilton Woods was granted outline planning permission by Babergh District Council in 2018 and will see 1,150 homes new homes – a quarter of which will be "affordable housing” for rent or shared ownership. There will be a new primary school with pre-school facilities built on the site, a village centre, with new local retail units, pub and village hall, along with at 50% of the site allocated as green spaces.
Babergh District Council leader Cllr John Ward said:
“Chilton Woods is a hugely significant development, not just because of the much-needed housing, but also the future employment, facilities and infrastructure that it will provide for Sudbury. We look forward to supporting the creation of a new community within our district over coming years and the benefits that it will bring to the local area.”
Cllr Nick Gowrley, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Economic Development and Enterprise said:
"It is fantastic that by achieving this sale SCC have been able to support the housing and employment aspirations for the Sudbury area, as laid out in Babergh District Council's local plan.
"We have also made sure to consider future community needs, including open green spaces, a community woodland and children’s play areas, providing real social value to the development. All this has been achieved whilst getting a good financial return for the land itself. This is fully in line with SCC’s new land management and housing objectives."
The sale of the land had been planned to be exchanged and completed in March but was delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown. The completion of the sale is now expected in the next six months. The county council secured outline planning consent for the whole of the Chilton Woods development before bringing this site to the market last year.
The next stage after completion will involve Taylor Wimpey, as the new owner and developer, bringing forward their final plans for the site to Babergh District Council for approval.
Cllr Gowrley continued:
“I also want to thank Taylor Wimpey for their hugely professional approach to this sale, especially over the last few months which have been challenging for everyone. I am confident that with Taylor Wimpey – this professional approach will continue.”
David Pelle, Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey East London, said:
“We are thrilled to have exchanged contracts for the Chilton Woods development site, and we are grateful to Suffolk County Council’s land team for their positive and proactive approach through a difficult few months caused by the coronavirus lockdown.
“This is a significant site for both Taylor Wimpey and the parishes of Chilton, Acton, Sudbury and Long Melford that brings a range of benefits to the local area. We are now looking forward to engaging with residents, community stakeholders and councils as we finalise our plans before commencing construction.”