250 homes could be built on Studlands

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Residents of Newmarket’s Studlands Park are being asked for their views on future plans for their estate which could include up to 250 new homes being built on its green space.

A public meeting is being held at the estate’s community centre on Saturday, starting at 11am, when a number of issues affecting residents are set to be discussed.

Former district councillor Ruth Allen, who lives on the estate, told the Journal she had been informed that moves to prevent illegal parking in the Parker’s Walk area by installing purpose built parking bays could be financed by the building of new homes on the main green in that area or on land closer to the A14 currently used as an orchard and skate park.

The meeting is being lead by Newmarket county councillor Lisa Chambers, who said she believed it was important to look at how the community wished to see Studlands look in the future.

“It is for the community to say if that involves any development not me,” she told Mrs Allen in an email. “Both Forest Heath and Suffolk County Council own land on Studlands and I think the people who live on the estate should have the opportunity to discuss how their community looks and works, hence bringing people together.

“There is no hidden agenda, just a desire to hear from the community about the place they live and to try and solve issues they are experiencing.”

District councillor Warwick Hirst said: “You could not justify building here as we are so short of open space in this part of the town already without losing any more.”