The Martlesham Flyer February 2023 | Flyer Magazines

The Martlesham Flyer February 2022 edition 

In the February edition of the Martlesham Flyer. We share the February update from Martlesham Parish Council. Also have a update from Martlesham in Bloom. And we also hear from local groups and schools.

Martlesham Council February Update

Make a change, become a local parish councillor – Elections in May

If contested, voting in Parish Council elections will take place on 04 May 2023, at the same time as the East Suffolk Council elections.  If there are insufficient councillors to fill all the Martlesham Council places, a total of 14, all those standing will be automatically elected and no poll will take place.  Nomination papers must be submitted to the East Suffolk Council’s Returning Officer by 4pm on Tuesday 4th April. Martlesham Council is calling on residents keen to look after their community to stand in these parish council elections. Full details on the elections are available on the East Suffolk Council website:

Contact the Clerk as below to find out more about being a Martlesham parish councillor.

Are you looking for a unique opportunity?

We are looking for a new staff member.

Are you experienced or willing to undertake training to join a flexible and hard-working team? If you are, this is a unique opportunity to work with one of the fastest developing, strategic local councils in Suffolk during an exciting time for Martlesham. We provide a range of facilities for residents and work collaboratively with others to protect the environment which now includes an exciting new nature reserve Martlesham Wilds on the banks of the River Deben.

For more information on this job opportunity please visit Martlesham Council’s website  and click on the home page for the Job Description and Person Specification. We look forward to receiving your CV and detailed letter explaining why you think you are the right person for the job.

Planning matters

Brightwell Lakes update

Trees have now been removed at the new Ipswich Road western access. Work on the Ipswich Road western access will commence in January 2023 and last 5 weeks, whilst the Ipswich Road eastern access will commence in July 2023 and last 7 weeks.  The A12 access will commence in March 2023 and last the best part of 6 months. These works will inevitably cause an element of disruption for drivers for most of 2023. Breheny have been appointed to deliver the first phase of the infrastructure.

Construction of the first parcels of land (317 dwellings) is scheduled to start in February 2023 and completion is expected approximately four years later. The main SANG areas (green spaces) are scheduled for completion in 2026. The planned opening of the first phase of the new school is 2027 and the western corridor allotments are planned for completion by 2026. Sports pitches and changing rooms are proposed by 2029.

The new Brightwell Lakes Community website is nearly complete and due to go live in January 2023.

Martlesham Council continues to monitor and respond to all reserved matters applications related to the site and sends representatives to meet regularly with the developers and the East Suffolk Council planning team.

Suffolk Constabulary Headquarters update

Outline planning application (some matters reserved)-Demolition and removal of all necessary existing buildings and structures to enable the residential development for up to 300no. dwellings, with access from Portal Avenue, associated open space and landscaping, drainage and infrastructure.

East Suffolk Council as the local planning authority has refused to permit the development proposed in this application. They have published 13 reasons for that refusal. Some of these are summarised below:

  • There are fundamental issues with the scheme, the application is severely deficient and it fails to comply with the specific requirements of the policy within the SCLP (Suffolk Local Plan) that allocates this site for development (SCLP 12.25).
  • The information submitted with the application fails to support opportunities for travel on foot, by cycle or by public transport.
  • In its current form the site once developed would only have one point of access located on to Portal Avenue.
  • The site would result in a loss of existing playing pitches.

McCarthy Stone Retirement Development, Martlesham Heath

At the time of writing Martlesham Council will be considering its response to the latest discharge of conditions 16 (Landscape Management Plan) and 24 (Design, Usage, Heritage and Landscape Strategy) planning application. To see Martlesham Council’s response go to DC/22/0838/DRC  on East Suffolk Council’s Planning Portal.

Representatives from Martlesham Council continue to meet every two weeks with ESC planners, representatives from McCarthy Stone and the McCarthy Stone Site Manager and we will continue to keep residents informed as a result of these meetings.


Forthcoming meetings

Parish Council – Wednesday 1st February 2023

Development, Environment & Transport Committee – Wednesday 8th February 2023

Finance & General Purposes Committee – Wednesday 22nd February 2023

Please note that Parish Council meetings will be held in the Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham, IP12 4PB. All meetings start at 7.30pm and are open to the public, who are welcome to ask questions or make comments to the council during a public forum.

Before attending, we strongly recommend you check our website or noticeboards in case of changes.

Contacting the Council

Clerk to Martlesham Parish Council, Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham, Woodbridge IP12 4PB

Telephone: 01473 612632 – please leave a message if no reply and we will get back to you as necessary



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