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Havebury Housing Partnership assessing options for long-delayed works at Goodfellows flats in Bury St Edmunds

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Bosses at a Suffolk housing association say they are weighing up their options over long-delayed improvements at a controversial eco-friendly block of flats.

Havebury Housing Partnership announced in February 2020 it would rehome tenants in the 12 flats at the Goodfellows development in Bury St Edmunds.

It said a survey identified the need for a range of improvements to the award-winning flats in Kings Road/Parkway.

Goodfellows in Kings Road/Parkway, Bury St Edmunds.
Goodfellows in Kings Road/Parkway, Bury St Edmunds.

In October 2020, Havebury confirmed the last remaining tenant would be moving out but the required work was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, delays have continued with Havebury unable to clarify the nature of the improvement work required.

Asked by Suffolk News about the work, a spokesman said: "We have been working with consultants on our options for the Goodfellows development.

"We will be able to confirm timescales, including when we hope to re-let, as soon as possible.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has unfortunately caused this project to progress much longer than we anticipated or would have liked, but this continues to remain one of our top priorities.

"When works to the scheme were identified, we supported all residents into new accommodation."

With its timber construction and wisteria and clematis shrubs growing up the building's steel wires, Goodfellows won a RIBA East Sustainability Award and Suffolk Association of Architects Design Award in 2009.

However, the development, built in 2008, has attracted criticism over the years for its appearance.

Goodfellow was the surname of the family who lived at number 141 Kings Road, which was demolished to make way for the flats.