Western Way Development

Have your say

We need your help to shape this nationally ground breaking Western Way Development to deliver better integrated services and outcomes for residents in West Suffolk.


If agreed the development in Bury St Edmunds would deliver new state of the art community facilities and a nationally ground breaking way to deliver integrated public services, but in a way which is affordable to the taxpayer.


People can make their views known on initial ideas around the use of the building as well as on suggested improvements to highway junctions to cope with an increase in traffic in the local area.


Before having your say find out more by reading our design statement:



Western Way development - night perspectiveProposals to deliver a multi-million development at Western Way, Bury St Edmunds could signal new state of the art leisure facilities and a nationally ground breaking way to deliver integrated public services for our communities.

An outline business case has been drawn up by partners which supports the case for bringing together new leisure facilities, health, education and other public services with the commercial sector on one site as envisaged in the 2016 masterplan. A detailed business case is now being worked up.

The project is part of a long term vision for the area and would also attract investment and bring jobs, potentially opening within the next five years.

Western Way development - Main street flexible spaceThe outline case suggests the plans would give the opportunity for radical regeneration, transform how services work and produce better outcomes for residents. At the same time the new development aims to reduce costs to the public purse and free up other assets in the area.

It is also suggested that the steel frame of the depot on Olding Road is re-used for the new public service building, saving money and natural resources as well as creating a flexible space that can be built in a phased way and will link to West Suffolk House.

The proposals will only go ahead if the final business case shows that there is a workable highways plan, and the project breaks even for the council as developer on behalf of local taxpayers. The council will also look at external funding and other sources of finance if it is agreed that more detailed plans are worked up.

Western Way development - pool hallIt also means that the current leisure centre and pool, which needs millions of pounds of improvements before having to be rebuilt anyway, could be moved within the site to integrate with health services, providing extra parking and new facilities, and avoid a long closure period.

Doing nothing is not an option on the site as the leisure centre needs refurbishment and the depot buildings will become empty. In addition, the new site would create opportunities for multiple other partners to join the councils and West Suffolk CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) at the site, in the first or later phases. To date, work on exploring the business case has involved central government, all parts of the NHS, the county council, the Police, Abbeycroft Leisure, West Suffolk College and several other partners under the auspices of the Government’s One Public Estate Programme. Which partners will be part of the first phase of development will be clarified later in 2019 if the council’s business case is approved.