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How should land at RAF Mildenhall be used?

RAF Mildenhall will close in 2022. Photo: ITV News Anglia.

The future of RAF Mildenhall will be discussed at a series of meetings to find out how local people would like to see the site used.

Last year, the US airforce announced it was to pull out of the Suffolk base by 2022 as well as RAF Alconbury and Molesworth in Cambridgeshire.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) hopes to sell part of the land for housing.

Forest Heath District Council will meet with the MoD and the Department for Transport ahead of three public consultations in April and May.

James Waters, leader of the council, said the US Department of Defense had yet to publish a timetable for its withdrawal and no planning applications had been submitted for the site.

The councillor said it was still not clear how much of the base would be released for development.

Part of the RAF Mildenhall site will be sold for housing. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"There is still the possibility of any number of options for the future of the site. So what do we want to achieve from this site? We believe it is a mix of new employment, housing, an improved skills sector and better local education all of which will benefit living standards of the local area.

“We believe this is a prime site for business growth – a chance for Mildenhall to capitalise on the science and innovation sector spilling out of Cambridge, and to replace the local jobs that will be lost when the base closes."

– James Waters, leader, Forest Heath District Council.

Mr Waters said the council also hoped to find out from the government if aviation use would be considered.

The public meetings will take place on:

  • April 18, 6pm, Forest Heath District Council, College Heath Road, Mildenhall.
  • May 9, 6pm, The Jubilee Centre, Mildenhall.
  • May 13, 6pm, Beck Row Community Centre.

Anyone wanting to attend should email malag@westsuffolk.gov.uk.