Proposed Development

Brightwell Lakes Parcel W6

Martlesham, IP10 0BZ

Introducing our proposals for the next phase of residential development at Brightwell Lakes

Brightwell Lakes is an exciting and sustainable new community which offers a healthy environment to live and work, set within an abundance of green open space.

Brightwell Lakes will offer a range of community facilities including a community centre, places to eat, drink and shop, sports pitches, allotments and play areas.

We are now preparing our reserved matters planning application for parcel W6, which will consist of 93 new homes on land to the west of the first phase, which is currently under construction and adjacent to the A12 in Martlesham.

It’s important to us that we listen to the views of the community as we develop our plans.

We are holding an online public consultation via this website between 5pm on Tuesday 7th May and midnight on Tuesday 28th May 2024. During this time you can provide your feedback on our plans via the ‘Have your say’ button or by emailing us on [email protected]

All feedback will be considered before we submit our reserved matters planning application to East Suffolk Council in July 2024.

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Development Map

About our proposals

Our proposals for parcel W6 are based closely on the approved masterplan, with higher density development sited to the north of the parcel fronting the main boulevard. Towards the south and east, where the parcel is bound by landscape, lower density development is proposed to provide a softer transition to the green edges.

Street scenes

Our proposals for parcel W6 are based closely on the approved masterplan, a red facing brickwork and light shades of render will be the predominant facing materials. Red brick will be used along the spine road frontage, whereas render will be used where dwellings front green space and to mark key gateways into the parcel.

Homes proposed

Our proposals include 93 new homes. This will consist of two- to five- bedroom dwellings focusing on the needs of the local area and wider target market.


We are proposing a mixture of terraced, semi-detached and detached properties which is in-keeping with the housing in the surrounding area.

Future phases

Parcel W6 is the third phase of this multi-phased development. Once approved, a total of 410 homes will have the benefit of detailed planning approval. This will leave up to another 1590 homes to be delivered under the Outline Planning Permission. These homes will come forward over the coming years to provide a continuous stream of new homes to come to market.

About our proposals features


The proposal captures all of the movement networks that were approved under the outline planning permission. An additional cycle link will be provided through the centre of the parcel, giving direct access through the green space to the east and will continue through the adjacent housing parcel, providing more options for sustainable travel to and from the school and local centre.


Green infrastructure will be used to reduce surface water runoff from the site, particularly in heavy rainfall events. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDs) which will be used on the development will include permeable paving, bioretention areas, swales and planted basins, which will treat water as well as provide control over discharge rates.

Our approach features

Previous use

The largest part of the site was previously used for sand and gravel extraction with other areas restored from earlier sand and gravel extraction activities.

Previous planning applications

Outline planning permission (DC/17/1435/OUT) established the principle and quantum of development on the site. Subsequent Reserved Matters Applications have been submitted and approved for the first two housing parcels and the infrastructure and access arrangements serving the Western phase of the development.

Previous consultations and feedback

Key to the design process has been the engagement with key stakeholders and the local community which has helped to shape the masterplan for Brightwell Lakes.


A number of public exhibitions were held with the local community to understand what they wanted to see from the development. Public exhibitions took place in Martlesham Heath and Waldringfield in December 2016, with a second round held in February 2017.

History of the site features

Economic benefits

The proposed development at Brightwell Lakes will provide up to 2,000 new homes, two local centres and employment land.This will stimulate economic growth, assist in meeting Ipswich’s housing requirements and add to the authority’s revenues.


New developments of this scale bring economic benefits to the local area.

Building the homes


● 336 jobs through direct employment
● 346 jobs through indirect/induced employment
● £62.3m economic output


Once people move in


● £11m first occupation expenditure - spending to make a house “feel like a home”
● £20.2m total spend by residents within local shops and services per year


Additional local authority income


● £3.4m Council tax revenues per year
● £18.5m in planning contributions via S106 and CIL

Open space

Brightwell Lakes will feature vast areas of green open space for everyone to enjoy.


Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGs)


The SANGs will comprise a main area, centred on the existing lake, which stretches northwards towards Spratt’s Plantation to the north of the site and southwards down to Ipswich Road, through the existing valley. It incorporates a number of existing Public Rights of Way. The main area enables circular walks to be undertaken within the SANGs. There will also be a network of green links predominantly around the outer perimeter of the site. The SANGs will also contain areas of woodland, vegetation and play areas


These will be provided in two areas, one to the south west of the site and the other to the east.


Formal sports provision


This is located towards the south east of the site on an area of flat land adjacent to the all-through school.


Equipped playgrounds and casual/informal playing space


These will be dispersed throughout the areas contributing to the green infrastructure.


Habitat creation


The site will feature wildlife planting, which will have a significant positive effect on biodiversity.

Amenities and facilities

The area surrounding the site benefits from a wide range of facilities that serve existing residents and visitors to the area. It features a generous retail offer as well as a number of smaller local centres that serve residential catchments.


Adjacent to the site is the Martlesham Heath retail park which includes a superstore and serves the existing settlement area through a range of retail, cafe and convenience facilities.


Brightwell Lakes will add to these facilities with the inclusion of shops, schools, enhancements to the existing lake, plenty of cycling and walking routes, a series of children’s play areas and sports pitches.

Upcoming consultation activity

We are running an online public consultation which will run from 5pm on Tuesday 7th May until midnight on Tuesday 28th May 2024. During this time, members of the local community will be able to see the latest plans for the next phase of the development and provide their valuable feedback before we submit our reserved matters planning application to East Suffolk Council.

Community benefits features