Mid Suffolk District Council has just completed the purchase of two more redundant sites from Suffolk County Council which it will now develop to provide much needed new housing.
One of the sites, Paddock House and former Day Care Centre in Wellington Road, Eye, includes a 30 bed redundant care home and a detached 3 bedroom bungalow in the grounds. The other is located in Walnut Tree Walk, Stowmarket and includes the former Middle School and Community Education Centre located on Childer Road.
These two latest acquisitions, together with the former Middle School site in School Lane, Needham Market, which was bought last year, demonstrates the determination by Mid Suffolk to invest in its market towns and provide new homes to meet the needs of local people. In addition to this, it is anticipated the construction phase will bring more jobs into both areas and give local businesses a vital boost through increased footfall.
Work to appoint development partners for these sites will begin this summer and any proposals which are drawn up will be subject to a public consultation through the usual planning processes. It is hoped that work on both sites will start next summer.
Cllr Nick Gowrley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council and Portfolio Holder for Assets and Investment said, “We are extremely pleased we’ve been successful in buying two more disused sites from Suffolk County Council. We now have prime residential locations in our three market towns across the district and this is significant because it means we can begin work to turn these redundant sites into places to live for local people. However, this is not just about meeting the demand for new homes; we firmly believe this sort of investment is crucial in helping to ensure our market towns continue to be sustainable and are able to flourish.”