BT has submitted a planning application for redevelopment of Adastral Park in Ipswich.

BT plans to create a new community on 250 acres of agricultural land and quarry lose to its headquarters.

The development will include up to 2,000 homes, primary school, healthcare, public transport, shops, leisure and sports facilities and a hotel as well as public spaces and a park.

Phil Dance, BT’s managing director for technology development and senior manager at Adastral Park, said: ‘Our vision for Adastral Park will create more than 2,000 jobs as part of a hi-tech business community as well as much-needed homes for local people.

'It will also allow us to expand the university presence at the park, to help combat the ‘brain drain’ caused by Suffolk’s young people moving outside the region to study and work.’

An outline planning application for the regeneration of the park and surrounding land has been submitted.

BT’s vision for the regeneration of Adastral Park was boosted in June when a task group of Suffolk Coastal District Council named the area as its preferred location for community growth to the East of Ipswich.