St Edmundsbury council Vision 2031 consultation

St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Image caption The local authority said Vision 2031 aims to preserve the historic character of the district

People are being asked to give their views on major development plans for a Suffolk town, including the need for 8,000 homes.

The borough council is holding a consultation on its Vision 2031 documents for Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and rural areas.

The proposals include the development of housing and the economy.

Council leader John Griffiths said: "Growth must be as appropriate, sensitive and sensible as possible."

Among the options up for discussion are: the West Suffolk Hospital moving to a site at the Westley junction on the A14, improvements to Station Hill in Bury St Edmunds and, in Haverhill, the development of a research park.

The council also said an extra 8,000 houses are needed in the borough.

The consultation closes on 30 April.

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