Consultation on future development at Eye Airfield

Plans are being drawn up to boost the number of jobs and recreation use at a former second world airfield in north Suffolk.

Mid Suffolk District Council has commissioned a team of consultants to prepare a detailed development brief for the 250ha Eye Airfield.

The brief, led by Core Connections, will be completed in the next 12 months and aims to ensure there is a structured and co-ordinated approach for future development and that it meets the needs of the current and future users.

More than 50 local businesses, residents and councillors discussed ideas at a consultation meeting on January 11. There were also calls to improve broadband speeds, support existing businesses and attract inward investment.

The consultant team has completed initial surveys of the airfield landscape and ecology, footpath links drainage and roads, and have prepared initial ideas for a landscape strategy.

Tim Passmore, leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said the economic development of Eye Airfield was 'crucial' to the economic prosperity of the northern part of the district.

'We wish to attract high quality developments that are world class and are making a significant contribution to the county as a whole. At the same time we will be balancing the needs of sustainability and preserving the fabric of the surrounding village communities,' he said.

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Eye Town Council, Brome, Hoxne and Yaxley Parish Councils have also been invited to comment on the draft strategy, which can be viewed at www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/Business/

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