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Work begins on new Framlingham community centre supported by £700,000 in developer contributions

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Construction has officially begun on a new community centre for Framlingham residents, supported by £700,000 in developers contributions.

The Castle Community Rooms development, which was instigated by Framlingham Town Council and is now led by Framlingham Parochial Church Council, will see the creation of a modern facility on the site of St Michael’s Community Rooms, in the grounds of St Michael’s Church.

St Michael’s Rooms, which were built in 1898, are no longer fit for purpose and the new space aims to provide the facilities needed for local residents and groups.

£700,000 has been allocated to the project by East Suffolk Council. Picture: East Suffolk Council (54206886)
£700,000 has been allocated to the project by East Suffolk Council. Picture: East Suffolk Council (54206886)

Planning permission for the Castle Community Rooms was granted by East Suffolk Council in February 2021.

East Suffolk Council has allocated £700,000 in funding from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), a fee which the Council can charge developers when new housing is built in the district.

The Castle Community Rooms project is also supported by contributions from Framlingham Town Council and from St Michael’s Parochial Church Council.

Cllr Maurice Cook, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Resources and ward councillor for Framlingham said: “I am delighted that this project is now underway and is ideally situated so close to the heart of the town. Community Infrastructure Levy funding is used to provide infrastructure and support improvements to community facilities which enhance the lives of local residents.

"This new centre will provide the Framlingham community with a much-needed new facility where residents and groups can come together, meet new people and connect with others, which is vital for their health and wellbeing.”

Revd Chris Davey, Rector of St Michael’s Church said: “We are delighted that after so much hard work by so many people the building process is underway. Money from CIL funds, grants, and personal donations are all coming together to create a modern beautiful building for the Framlingham community.”

To mark the behinning of the construction, a ‘sod turning’ event was held on the site today. It was attended by representatives from Framlingham Parochial Church Council, Framlingham Town Council and East Suffolk Council.