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Virtual public exhibition launches for retirement living development proposals at soon-to-be-vacated Lavenham Press site




A virtual public exhibition on proposals for a new housing development in Lavenham kicked off this week, after the developer set out its ambition to acquire a soon-to-be relocated press site.

McCarthy Stone confirmed in April its interest in redeveloping the Lavenham Press site, which is set to move to new premises in the near future, into 35 retirement living apartments.

Feedback on the initial proposals, which include gardens, on-site parking and communal facilities, such as a homeowners’ lounge, is now being sought via a digital exhibition, which began on Tuesday and runs until May 18.

Concept image of a proposed retirement housing development in Water Street, Lavenham, by developer McCarthy Stone. Contributed picture. (46840092)
Concept image of a proposed retirement housing development in Water Street, Lavenham, by developer McCarthy Stone. Contributed picture. (46840092)

A live chat session will also take place on Tuesday, between 1pm and 5pm, giving people an opportunity to speak directly with a member of the McCarthy Stone project team and ask questions about the plans for the Water Street site.

Once the public consultation period has concluded, a formal planning application is expected to be submitted to Babergh District Council later this year.

Matt Wills, McCarthy Stone’s divisional managing director for the Midlands, said: “Our plans provide a fantastic opportunity to deliver much-needed accommodation on a brownfield site.

“The site is ideally located for residents to access local shops and services, with nearby bus routes into Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury

“We’re proposing a sensitive design that respects the historic character of the local area. We want to hear local views before we finalise our planning application.

“I’d encourage people to go online and view the virtual exhibition, where they’ll be able to complete our online feedback form.”

To view the proposals and submit any comments, click here.

Responses and queries can also be made by contacting the project team on 0800 298 7040.