In 1972 a proposal was presented by Bradford Property Trust to the Planning Department of the local council to develop a "New Village" of Martlesham Heath, with houses for 3000 people, with associated shops, schools and recreational facilities. This was accepted and has resulted in the development of the present community of Martlesham Heath.
The vision of this development was to create a completely new community, but based on a traditional pattern. Hence, the village is centred on a village green, with a pub, church and village hall.
These shots show Martlesham Heath village in its early days (photos courtesy of Cliff Hoppitt).
1982 looking north west (the A12 then Coopers Rd are in the foreground, and the village green is in the middle distance)
1983 looking north (York Rd in foreground)