Lying within the parishes of Chilton, Acton, Sudbury and Long Melford, Chilton Woods is allocated for development in Babergh District Council’s Core Strategy (2014).
The scheme supports the delivery of new homes, economic growth, adds value to the area and is sustainable. Recognised as an ideal location to meet local housing and employment needs, Chilton Woods will deliver wider benefits for the area including a new primary school, village hall, community woodland, a pub, shops, sports pitches and walking/cycling routes.
Suffolk County Council does not own all the land covered by the Chilton Woods planning permission as some of the land is in private ownership. Proposals for Chilton Woods have been on the cards for many years and as a county council we remain committed to delivering the outline planning permission as granted by Babergh District Council in March 2018.
- 1,150 new homes (288, or 25%, of which will be affordable), 50% of the site allocated as green space
- 15 hectares of employment land, providing approximately 1,900 new jobs
- A new primary school and pre-school provision
- A village centre with local retail, pub and village hall and new open space
- Relocating sports pitches, building new changing facilities and parking
- Community woodland and children’s play areas
- Improvements to key highway junctions, securing detailed approval for a new roundabout and road to open access to a significant area of employment land to the west of the site, investment into public transport, walking and cycling improvements
- A new household waste recycling centre
Frequently asked questions
- Chilton Woods development FAQs
- Public questions raised at Suffolk County Council Cabinet in April 2018
- Download a list of documents (PDF, 157KB)
You said, we listened
The following changes have been made to the application following the feedback received during pre-planning consultation were received.
- Further detail added on recreational uses and wildlife habitats within the community woodland
- Road link between employment and housing areas moved to avoid dormouse hedgerow
- Traffic calming measures designed for Acton Lane following discussion with Suffolk Highways
- Car parking identified for sports pavilion
- Further green space and landscaping within the village centre, including link to sports pavilion
Chilton Woods proposed site