UPDATED: Consultation launched on revised masterplan for public service village in Bury
A consultation has been launched on a revised masterplan to transform land in Bury St Edmunds into a ‘public service village’.
The proposals to create a one stop shop in Western Way for health, education, leisure and employment are up for debate as extra land could become available.
Owners of the NHS Logistics Building, in Olding Road, have asked to be included in the masterplan, which will act as a blueprint for any future development.
The last masterplan for the area in 2006 resulted in the creation of West Suffolk House council offices and parking, in Olding Road.
The proposals, which also involve West Suffolk College and the leisure centre, include a linked cluster of buildings to house a number of mixed uses.
It is envisaged the Primary Health Care Trust will be one of the first to join the site followed by accommodation for about 300 higher education students at the college.
A 1,800 space multi-storey car park would be created on the site, also serving the leisure centre and college. A bus/coach ‘drop off and transport hub’ could be built on the current leisure centre car park. Smaller support businesses such as a sandwich/coffee bar could be included.
Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury cabinet member for growth, said increasing the amount of land available was a good opportunity to get people’s views.
West Suffolk College Principal, Dr Nikos Savvas, added: “The council’s plan for the area looks very exciting and matches our own vision of providing the best possible environment and resources for our students, who are at the heart of all our decision making.
“We are currently putting plans into action for a new Engineering and Innovation Centre in this area too.
“It has always been a long term plan for the College to be able to provide accommodation for our Higher Education students.
“We welcome the consultation process and are pleased to be involved with driving the future economic and employment growth of this area.”
Consultation runs to February 29 with a drop-in session at West Suffolk House on February 4, 2pm to 7pm. Visit www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/westernway