Planning Permission has been granted to convert the former Babergh District Council offices in Hadleigh into 57 new homes, bringing the site back into use and delivering housing in the market town.
At a meeting held today (25 March) in Hadleigh’s Guildhall, members of Babergh’s Planning Committee voted to grant permission for the redevelopment of the former council offices and the Bridge Street car park, which served the former offices.
The decision follows the granting of permission in January for 21 new affordable homes at the site of the former Angel Court care home in Hadleigh, which together with these proposals will see Babergh District Council deliver 78 new homes on brownfield sites in the town.
The five listed buildings on the Corks Lane site will be repaired, refurbished and converted into residential accommodation to retain their distinctive presence on the site. In addition the office pavilions, constructed in the 1970s, will be converted into apartments rather than demolished, maintaining the backdrop to Hadleigh Cricket Ground. These plans have been drawn up in consultation with heritage consultants to ensure the proposals cause the least possible impact on the buildings.
The open space immediately north of the River Brett, which forms a popular route for walkers, will also be retained as far as possible and continue to be publicly accessible. The plans approved include both maintaining as many of the existing trees on the site as possible, with replanting planned to ensure there is no net-loss of trees.
Members of the Planning Committee also gave very careful consideration to the relationship of the new homes to the adjacent cricket ground and instructed officers to take steps to ensure that safeguards were put in place for future residents and the continued use of the cricket ground.
Vehicles accessing the Corks Lane site will continue to use Corks Lane, while those visiting the Bridge House site will use the current entrance route to the car park, meaning future use of the site will be via the same routes that were used by Babergh staff when the offices were operational.
In total the former Corks Lane site will be redeveloped to provide:
While the former carpark and Bridge House site across the river will include:
Cllr Frank Lawrenson, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Assets and Investment, said: “Today’s decision by the Planning Committee takes us a step closer to bringing this site back into use: we’ve been clear since our offices first moved out of Corks Lane that the buildings wouldn’t be left empty and now we can start work on turning these buildings into beautiful and much needed homes.”
Cllr Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’ve always been determined that our former offices didn’t lie empty and disused for years to come, and this permission means they’ll be given a new lease of life as much needed homes. Sitting between the River Brett and the Cricket Ground, within 10 minutes’ walk of the heart of Hadleigh, I know this site will provide wonderful and sustainable homes, while our commitment to retain the best of the current buildings will ensure they complement our historic market town.”