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Plans submitted for future of former Babergh Offices

Posted by on 21 November 2018 | Comments

Babergh District Council have submitted Planning Applications for 78 new homes in Hadleigh, with proposals to develop both the former council offices on Corks Lane and the former care home at Angel Court.

The Planning Applications, validated and available on the council’s Planning Pages website, propose to build 53 dwellings on the site of the former Corks Lane offices, with an additional four homes proposed on just across the River Brett at Bridge House, along with 21 flats at the former Angel Court site.

Both the application for Corks Lane and the application for Angel Court are available to view on the councils' Planning Pages.

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 proposals have been drawn up in consultation with heritage consultants to ensure the proposals cause the least possible harm to 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 include both maintaining as many of the existing trees on the site as possible, with replanting proposed to ensure there is no net-loss of trees.

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.

Under the plans submitted, in total the former Corks Lane site will offer:

  • 20 one bedroom apartments
  • 19 two bedroom apartments
  • 8 three bedroom apartments
  • 1 four bedroom apartment
  • 3 three bedroom houses
  • 2 four bedroom houses

While the former carpark and Bridge House site across the river could include:

  • 2 four bedroom houses
  • 2 five bedroom houses

The proposals were drawn up by Purcell Architects following public consultation earlier this year.

The proposals for the Angel Court site, on Angle Street in the town centre, would see 21 flats built, all of which would be affordable housing. The flats would include:

  • 7 one bedroom apartments for affordable rent
  • 2 two bedroom apartments for affordable rent
  • 8 one bedroom apartments for affordable home ownership
  • 4 two bedroom apartments for affordable home ownership.

Cllr Frank Lawrenson, Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Assets and Investments, said: “Hadleigh is a beautiful town in a stunning part of our countryside, and everyone agrees that leaving sites empty in the long term does the town a disservice. By bringing both the former office site in Corks Lane and the former care home site at Angel Court back into use, these proposals will help Hadleigh continue to be the thriving market town we all know, while also helping meet the real housing need there is in the town.”

The proposals will now be considered by Babergh District Council’s Planning Officers before going to Babergh’s Planning Committee in the new year.