Carlyle Land

Brightwell Lakes

Suffolk Coastal District Council granted outline planning permission in April 2018 for Brightwell Lakes, a vibrant new community to the east of the A12 at Martlesham and east and south of Adastral Park.

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The proposal will deliver:

  • Up to 2,000 new homes, including affordable, starter, family and elderly accommodation
  • Lower density homes, surrounded by green space and tree/hedgerow planting, around the edges of the site to soften potential views and reflect local character
  • A beach and leisure hub adjacent to the lakes
  • New infrastructure provision on the site including education, healthcare, local shops and services within easy walking distance
  • Predominantly two-storey development, with occasional and appropriately located feature buildings of up to four-storeys to add architectural interest
  • 34 hectares (85 acres) of formal and informal open space on the site including woodland, meadows, heathland, a variety of play areas, a trim trail, a variety of circular walks, sports facilities and ecological areas. This is in addition to sports and recreation facilities for community use as part of the all-through school
  • Areas for allotments/community orchards
  • The retention of open agricultural land between the site and Waldringfield
  • 7km circular walking routes with dedicated facilities for dog walkers, cycle paths, retention of the existing public rights of way and improvements to the southern edge bridleway
  • Protection for existing mature landscaping, including Spratts Plantation and woodland along the boundary
  • An improved lake environment which is carefully designed to cater for a variety of experiences, including areas for quiet recreation, picnic areas, a cafĂ©, play space, a beach and low disturbance wildlife areas
  • Funding to establish community ownership of green spaces, the lakeside and community assets; these would be well managed and there is potential for education and community activities through the management company
  • A comprehensive multi-million pound package of transport improvements including junction and highways improvements to enhance vehicle flows, bus facilities, cycle and walking routes and a new A12 crossing
  • New jobs within the school, healthcare facilities and shops and within the proposed improvements to the business park.

Carlyle Land will now work closely with housebuilding partners to bring forwards detailed (reserved matters) planning applications for the first phases of development. Further information will be available later in the year please revisit the website for updates.


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