Mid Suffolk District Council has submitted a planning application to transform the former Stowmarket Middle School site into 38 much-needed affordable homes for the town.
The planning application, validated and available on the council’s planning pages website, proposes building 38 dwellings on the site of the former middle school in Walnut Tree Walk.
The school buildings on the site have been redundant since the closure of the school in summer 2015, following Suffolk County Council’s decision to go to a two tier education system.
Under the plans submitted, in total the former middle school site will offer:
The proposals were drawn up by Norwich-based company Ingleton Wood following a public consultation carried out last November and do not affect the adjacent recreation fields, multi-use sports area and skate park.
Cllr Julie Flatman, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:
“We have a pressing housing need in Mid Suffolk, particularly for affordable housing, and we are constantly looking at the best ways to use our own resources and also team up with others to free up sites which are suitable for redevelopment. We believe there is an opportunity to regenerate and redevelop the former school, which could breathe new life into a brownfield site as well as helping to meet the town’s housing need.”
The proposals will be considered by Members of Mid Suffolk’s Development Control Committee later this year. Residents are invited to comment on the application either via the Council’s planning pages or by emailing the planning team.