Residents to have their say on Design Code for Chilton Woods development

Communities in and around Sudbury are being invited to have their say on the design of a major development to the north of the town.

Chilton Woods will comprise 1,150 new homes, a quarter of which will be designated as “affordable” for rent or shared ownership, as well as land for a new primary school with pre-school facilities on the site, a village centre with new shops, a pub and community hall. A significant proportion of the site will be allocated as green space.

The site sits within the parishes of Chilton, Acton, Long Melford and Sudbury, and has been allocated for development in Babergh District Council’s Core Strategy.

Outline planning permission for the entire site was granted by Babergh District Council in 2018, and Taylor Wimpey has acquired part of the site.

The Taylor Wimpey project team has been engaging with local councillors and council officers in the development of a Design Code, which sets out key criteria and guidelines for certain elements of the proposals, such as street hierarchy and materials that future Reserved Matters planning applications will need to comply with.

Members of the public have now been invited to have their say on the draft Design Code via a two-week online consultation, which begins tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11.

Lee Rainforth, project director for Taylor Wimpey East London, said: “We know how significant this development is for the local community, bringing hundreds of new homes and a range of new facilities to the parishes of Chilton, Acton, Long Melford and Sudbury. It’s therefore extremely important that we engage with local residents and use their feedback to shape our proposals.

“The Design Code will guide each phase of the development, setting parameters that each Reserved Matters planning application must follow. The feedback we have received from local councils has already helped us to shape the document, and we are now eager to hear from the wider community.”

The Design Code will be made available to download from the Chilton Woods website from tomorrow. The project team will hold a webinar on Monday, November 16, to explain the key elements of the document, and a recording of this webinar will be posted on the website.

People can have their say until Wednesday, November 25, by visiting

The first residential Reserved Matters planning application is due to be submitted early in 2021, and will also be subject to public consultation.

Pictured above is Taylor Wimpey’s proposed development site within the Chilton Woods site.

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