A vision to attract investment from high-tech and high-skilled businesses on Eye Airfield, creating up to 3,000 jobs, has been agreed.
The so-called Eye Airfield Planning Position Statement has been adopted by Mid Suffolk District Council, which will offer a masterplan to guide potential developers of the site.
It uses the Eye Airfield Development Framework, created by the council following consultations with local businesses, residents, stakeholders and land owners, and provides a vision for the growth of the site.
Andrew Stringer, group leader of the Green party at the council said: “It is basically saying to developers if you consider this document it is likely to be an open door.
“You cannot insist but we are saying this is what we found, and here is what we think is relatively sustainable on this site.”
Mr Stringer added the council was hoping for high-skilled and high-tech businesses to develop on the site.
“I analysed the area and realised we have an above average amount of professionals in that area,” he said.
“We are not looking low-tech basically – we needn’t put a factory on it.”
He added the position statement, despite not having any legal power and being for guidance only, would assist in finding developments suitable for the airfield.
Eye Town councillor Merlin Carr told the Diss Express he hoped issues raised at recent meetings and forums looking at the future of the town had been considered in the framework.
“I think the town council looks forward to seeing what they have got up to at the moment and hope what we have contributed at our recent future of Eye meetings have managed to find its way into the document,” he said.
“The employment we would want to see is for local people, and more suited to the skills of local people – young people in particular.
“I think that has always been the idea (high-skilled and high-tech businesses) and probably smaller units as well as units where housing and work is combined. I think it is more of a continental model which is favoured.
“I think it is somewhat compromised by the power station but we have got to work around that.”
The council is also the latest authority to show its support in principle for the gas-fired power station at Eye Airfield.
Much like the Suffolk County Council cabinet earlier in the month, the Mid Suffolk District Council are supporting the development in principle, as agreed on Monday.
However, recommendations have been made to urge developers Progress Power work closely with affected communities.