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Redevelopment of former Babergh District Council headquarters in Hadleigh into new homes clears final hurdle to begin work later this year

The redevelopment of former district council headquarters into new homes will finally go ahead this year, after clearing the final hurdle two years on from receiving planning permission.

Plans to build 57 houses on the old Babergh District Council office site at Corks Lane in Hadleigh were granted planning approval in early 2019, as part of wider regeneration proposals for the town.

But progress stalled while terms and conditions of the development were negotiated between the council and key stakeholders, including Hadleigh Cricket Club and Sport England, with the coronavirus pandemic resulting in further delay.

Visual of Corks Lane redevelopment in Hadleigh
Visual of Corks Lane redevelopment in Hadleigh

Among the issues raised by the cricket club, which is based close to the development site, was the need for greater protective measures, such as a taller perimeter fence on one side of the ground, to mitigate the risk of property and vehicle damage from stray cricket balls.

The district council has now confirmed that the outstanding issues have been resolved, with an arrangement also reached to enable the cricket club to continue using the meadow at Friars Road.

Works to deliver the homes are now expected to begin towards the end of this year, with plans for a phased completion.

A council spokeswoman said: “This is an exciting step in the regeneration of our council’s former offices, providing 57 much-needed sustainable homes within walking distance of local schools and other amenities, and supporting our ambition for everyone in Babergh to have somewhere that they’re proud to call home.

“Proposals also form a key part of the Hadleigh Vision, demonstrating our council’s ongoing commitment to investing heavily in the town to enable future growth and economic recovery.

“Since planning permission was granted in 2019, officers have worked extensively to secure the associated conditions, ensuring proposals best meet the needs of both future residents and the wider community.

“Ongoing use of the meadow by Hadleigh Cricket Club has also been agreed, allowing the retention of this important community asset for many years to come.”

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