Babergh District Council’s Cabinet have voted to draw up a planning application to develop up to 58 new homes on the site of the council’s former Hadleigh offices.
At a meeting of Babergh’s Cabinet yesterday, 12 July, councillors voted to draw up a planning application to develop the former office site as residential properties, while retaining the listed buildings and part of previous extensions to the offices. The application will cover the former offices at Corks Lane as well as the car park south of the Brett, including Bridge House.
The Cabinet considered a number of options for the site, as well as comments from councillors, the Town Council and the public. The decision follows public exhibitions of the plans in April.
The application will be for up to 58 homes on the site, consisting of a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and 3 and 4 bedroom houses, while retaining memorial trees, green spaces and the footpath along the Brett. Resident and visitor car parking, cycle parking and bin storage will also be part of the application.
Cllr Frank Lawrenson, Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Assets and Investments, said: “Sitting on the banks of the Brett, just a few minutes’ walk from the high street, this site can offer Hadleigh so much, and after long discussion and consideration these proposals have been drawn up to do just that. By making use of an existing site to provide the housing our district needs, this application will bring more customers to local businesses while maintaining the setting between the river and the cricket ground and the public rights of way across the site.”