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Call for council 'transparency' to end to Barley Homes uncertainty

Barley Homes was set up two years ago (2917605)
Barley Homes was set up two years ago (2917605)

A councillor has called for ‘more transparency’ about the future of a council-owned affordable housing developer.

The demand comes after the Journal revealed that Suffolk County Council was to cut ties with its affordable housing developer, Barley Homes,which it jointly owns with West Suffolk councils.

An internal email to West Suffolk councillors admitted to ‘recent discussions’ about the future of the developer.

Labour’s representative on Suffolk’s housing development advisory group, Cllr Peter Gardener, called on the councils to end the ‘obvious uncertainty’ about Barley Homes’ future.

“Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk councils need to be absolutely clear and transparent about the current situation and commit to building the much- needed homes in the west of the county as a matter of urgency,” he said.

But the company is yet to build a single house, which Cllr Andy Drummond described as ’ridiculous’.

The county refused to use the Wamil Court site it owns in Mildenhall to provide 20 homes, deciding it would sell for moreon the open market. The site remains for sale.