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Home > News > Residents invited to comment on Future of Needham Market Middle School

Residents invited to comment on Future of Needham Market Middle School

Posted by on 2 July 2018 | Comments

A public consultation on proposals for the future of the former Middle School site in Needham Market is being held on Tuesday 10 July.

This Rural Housing Week Mid Suffolk District Council, alongside Ingleton Wood and Iceni Homes, are inviting members of the public to view and comment on the proposals for 44 new homes, a new library and café on the site of the former Needham Market Middle School. The proposals include both provision of affordable housing and a new community facility.

The consultation will be held between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday 10 July at the Community Café, School Street, Needham Market IP6 8BB, and members of the public are invited to drop in any time. The plans that will be displayed are also available online.

Cllr Jill Wilshaw, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “When we talk about the former Middle School site, many people don’t realise it includes both the public library and the Needham Market Internet Café. We know just how much these facilities mean to our residents, and that’s why these proposals include both a new library and a café that can build on the work of the existing Community Café; it will also provide a new, modern base for this outstanding community group. This, alongside the much needed affordable housing in the town centre, could help Needham Market to thrive for years to come, providing homes, services and community facilities all in one place.”

Anyone unable to attend can also complete the survey and send it to Nicol Perryman at Ingleton Wood via email.

Rural Housing week is a national, annual celebration that aims to highlight rural housing issues and showcase innovative solutions for tackling them and runs from 2 July this year. It’s an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on successful developments that offer a lifeline to local people in our market towns and villages, and to explain how housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services.