On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
In January 2015, following a review and months of uncertainty, the US Government announced its decision to close RAF Mildenhall, while expanding RAF Lakenheath.
In 2017 the Ministry of Defence (MOD) which owns the RAF Mildenhall site, announced that RAF Mildenhall would not be vacated until 2024 at the earliest. We continue to liaise with the MOD to see if there is any update to this position, but currently that is the date we have. As there are a number of uncertainties with the site, not least the actual date of vacation, we are not currently pursuing the development of the site.
We will be using this page to update local communities and businesses regarding the USAFE (US armed forces in Europe) withdrawal from RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath expansion.
We have been working in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnerships, Suffolk County Council and Newmarket and District Chamber of Commerce (which covers the Mildenhall area) to develop a vision and prospectus for sustainable alternative uses for the RAF Mildenhall site. We ran a consultation to find out what you thought of the vision and prospectus during September and October 2016. Changes were made as a result of the consultation and the final version was unanimously approved at Forest Heath Full Council on 22 November 2016. View the RAF Mildenhall vision and prospectus
During February and March 2015 Forest Heath District Council held three engagement sessions to explore the perceived impact of the closure of RAF Mildenhall (as announced by the US Government in January 2015) on the West Suffolk strategic priorities. The notes from the sessions can be accessed from the links below