Purcell’s design proposals for the regeneration of the former Mid Suffolk District Council offices have been approved. This positive verdict has secured the development of new housing and retail for the Suffolk town of Needham Market.

Planning and listed building consent applications were approved by Mid Suffolk’s Planning Referrals Committee on Wednesday 27th February, securing both market and affordable housing, either for affordable rent or under affordable home ownership schemes.

The two applications secure 94 new homes at the site of the former Mid Suffolk District Council Offices which is located in the heart of the town. Also included in the approved plans is a retail unit on Hurstlea Road, at the former council offices car park.

Listed building consent was granted, to convert 131 High Street, a Grade II listed building, into apartments while conserving key historic features. The committee praised Purcell’s design as exemplary and high quality and regarded the proposals as a welcome, contemporary but appropriate development in the heart of the Suffolk, Market Town.

The approvals follow nearly two years of design development and thorough consultation with stakeholders, local businesses and the local community.

Speaking following the committee decision, Cllr Jill Wilshaw, Mid Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Housing said:

“These housing permissions are good news for our district: not only do these plans bring two disused sites back into use, they will provide much needed housing in the town, with a mix that will provide affordable housing for those on the lowest incomes as well as those purchasing at market rate.”