New homes Babergh and Mid Suffolk
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have invested more than £40m buying 250 new homes for low-income house-hunters. Here we share some updates on how a few of these projects are progressing.
This multi-million-pound investment in social housing will see new properties added to their existing council house stock of more than 6,000 homes, or made available to buy as shared ownership homes – helping low-income families onto the first rung of the property ladder.
The purchase of these properties is in addition to construction already underway on council-owned land.
This includes the transformation of the former Angel Court care home in Hadleigh, bought from Suffolk County Council when it closed in 2014. The site is now being transformed into 21 new one and two-bedroom flats to help those struggling to find suitable homes in the town. Building Control are involved in this project which will be managed by Iceni Homes, and is being built by Pentaco Construction.
Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Jan Osborne, said: "This isn’t just about bricks and mortar. These new homes provide families somewhere affordable that they can be proud to call home. I wish all our future tenants and new home-owners across our district every happiness in their new homes.”
Meanwhile, in Mid Suffolk, work is underway transforming the former Needham Market Middle School site and the council’s former headquarters to provide a further 130 homes. Our team have been providing building control services on this project, named Chambers Green, with our Partner organisation Cocksedge Building Contractors.
Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Lavinia Hadingham, said: "As a local authority we have a responsibility to plan and invest in our districts to ensure people have the homes they need, and our communities can continue to thrive.”
Paul Hughes is the Corporate Manager Building Control for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils. He said "The team here have worked extensively on these projects with our partner organisations and we are proud to play a part in keeping local residents safe and secure in their future homes.”