Persimmon Homes

A highly attractive and sustainable proposal for 139 new homes in the village of Lakenheath, Suffolk has been given final approval by councillors on West Suffolk Council.

06 November 2023

The scheme, put forward by our team at Suffolk region, boasts impressive sustainability and environmental credentials, with every home fitted with air source heat pumps, over 200 new trees planted on site and the creation of a new 2.33ha offsite Breckland habitat for priority bird species and other wildlife.

The offsite Breckland habitat to be established by Persimmon, which will be located at Gallow Bottom near to the Foxhole Heath SSSI, has been designed specifically for the stone curlew bird population and will be managed in perpetuity for these birds. It will also provide wider ecological benefits to local wildlife.

Ian Hamilton, Managing Director of Suffolk region said:

“We’re delighted to have received the approval from councillors for our high-quality scheme at Lakenheath.

“We’re proud of the environmental benefits our scheme will offer and we also know that this site will make an important contribution to meeting the local housing needs of the area, helping families and first-time buyers to get their dream home.”

“Lakenheath is an important site for us and so we will be looking to start construction work right away.”

As well as the environmental benefits put forward, the scheme will also make a major contribution towards meeting the local housing needs of the area. The development itself will deliver 48% of the new homes that Lakenheath needs in the next five years and 42 new homes will also be made available for either shared ownership or affordable rent through a housing association partner.

We will also be investing almost £1 million into the local community with a significant proportion of this money directed towards local schools and highway improvements, including the B1112 junction with Eriswell Road and Spark’s Farm.

The new development will also provide a considerable economic boost. The scheme will create 262 new jobs in total with 111 jobs supported directly on site with the construction of new homes.

It is anticipated that the first homes at Lakenheath will be ready for occupation towards the end of next year.

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