Mid Suffolk District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 13 Fantastic new facilities coming to Stowmarket The Stowmarket sport, health, education and leisure facilities (SHELF) project is set to bring huge benefits to the district. Stowmarket was identified in our leisure, sport and activity strategy as being in need of more facilities, prompting this joined up approach with partners. The site includes the existing sports fields in north-west Stowmarket, around the high school and Chilton Fields. It has been a collaboration between Mid Suffolk District Council and many stakeholders, including Suffolk County Council and Stowmarket High School, while we have also invited the public to comment and influence the plans. The proposals include: • A 4G football pitch • Multi-use 2G pitch • Mini athletics track • Sports pavilion • Multi-use games area • Four indoor sports courts • New cricket square and nets • Multi-agency wellbeing hub available for use by partners and the local community • Current parking facilities at Chilton Fields will also be reshaped Gateway 14 bringing thousands of jobs to Mid Suffolk Work is under way to create the Gateway 14 business, innovation and logistics park on the edge of Stowmarket, next to the A14. In October 2022, the first unit - for retail giant The Range - received detailed planning permission, with work on that starting in early 2023. The homes, garden and leisure products retailer will operate from a bespoke sustainable logistics unit, bringing more than 1,600 jobs to the area. Gateway 14 Ltd is owned by Mid Suffolk District Council. Gateway 14 Ltd are delivering the development with development partner, Jaynic. The site is part of the low-tax Freeport East designated area. Accessibility through and around the development is a key feature, with significant walking and cycling routes being integrated along with access to public transport links and local amenities. There will be high-quality landscaping, green corridors and nesting boxes introduced to support wildlife and ecology, and create a vibrant, sustainable, attractive working environment. Driving economic growth across our district