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Former Council Offices in Hadleigh

In November 2017, Babergh District Council vacated its old offices in Corks Lane, Hadleigh. Since then, the Council has been working hard to develop plans for the future of the site.

The proposals for the site have been drawn up by Babergh District Council, Purcell Architects and the Lawson Planning Partnership. Planning permission was recently granted to convert the former Council offices into 57 new homes. By bringing the site back into use, housing can be delivered in the market town.

Babergh’s Planning Committee voted to grant permission for redevelopment of both the former Council offices and Bridge Street car park.

The 5 listed buildings on the Corks Lane site will be repaired, refurbished and converted into residential accommodation, in order to preserve their distinctive presence.

The office pavilions, which were built in the 1970s, will be converted into apartments, rather than demolished. These plans have been drawn up alongside heritage consultants, to make sure that they cause the least possible impact on the buildings.

The open space immediately north of the River Brett, which forms a popular route for walkers, will continue to be publicly accessible. The approved plans include maintaining as many existing trees on the site as possible and replanting any that do need to be cut down.

Careful thought has been given with regards to the relationship between the new homes and the adjacent cricket ground. Officers have been instructed to take steps to ensure that safeguards are put in place for future residents and cricket ground users.

Vehicles accessing the Corks Lane site will continue to use Corks Lane. Those visiting the Bridge House site will use the current entrance route to the car park. This means that future access of the site(s), will be via the same routes used by Babergh staff when the offices were in use.

In total the former Corks Lane site will be redeveloped to provide:

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

The former car park and Bridge House site across the river will include:

  • 2 four bedroom houses
  • 2 five bedroom houses

Artist's drawing of proposed redevelopment of former council offices Visual representation of proposed redevelopment of older part of former council offices


What happens next?

Babergh District Council have developed a new partnership with the Norse Group to help support the Councils’ strategic plans. Babergh Growth was formed to deliver private and social housing across the districts; to transform land and assets owned by the council into local housing.

Norse Group has strong ties with the public sector and has already created a similar partnership in Norfolk, known as Broadland Growth.

Babergh Growth will see council owned land and assets given a new lease of life. The partnership is set to make positive contributions to the economic, environmental and housing needs of our communities - locally and regionally.