Proposals for the regeneration of the former Mid Suffolk offices and the former Needham Market Middle School have been approved, giving the green light for new housing and retail in Needham Market.
The planning applications for a total of 135 new homes were approved by Mid Suffolk’s Planning Referrals Committee this afternoon (Wednesday 27 February) securing 38% affordable housing across both sites when completed, either for affordable rent or under affordable home ownership schemes.
The two applications approved are for 94 new homes at the former Mid Suffolk District Council Offices at 131 High Street and 41 new homes at the site of the former Needham Market Middle School.
In total the approved plans include the following on the former office site and Hurstlea Road car park:
And the housing on the former Middle School site consists of:
The plans also include a retail unit on Hurstlea Road, at the former council offices car park, and a new library in a converted Victorian building on the Middle School site. Listed building consent was also gained to convert the Grade II listed building at 131 High Street itself into flats while retaining its key historic features.
Cllr Jill Wilshaw, Mid Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “These housing permissions are good news for our district: not only do these plans bring two disused sites back into use, they will provide much needed housing in the town, with a mix that will provide affordable housing for those on the lowest incomes as well as those purchasing at market rate. The commitment to deliver a new library and retail facilities, along with the work to keep safeguard historic buildings on both sites, means these plans strike the right balance.”
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