At a meeting held on 25th March in Hadleigh’s Guildhall, members of Babergh’s Planning Committee voted to grant permission for the redevelopment of the former council offices and the Bridge Street car park, which served the former offices.
The five Grade 2 and Grade 2* listed buildings on the Corks Lane site will be repaired, refurbished and converted into residential accommodation to retain their distinctive presence. In addition, the office pavilions designed by Arup Associates and constructed in the 1980s, will be converted into apartments rather than demolished so as to maintain the backdrop to Hadleigh Cricket Ground. These plans have been drawn up in consultation with our in-house Heritage Consultants to ensure the proposals cause the least possible impact on the buildings and the surrounding conservation area.
I know this site will provide wonderful and sustainable homes, while our commitment to retain the best of the current buildings will ensure they complement our historic market town.
The proposals bring forward 57 new dwellings comprising sensitive conversions of the listed properties and the design of new build, contemporary dwellings. In advance of the planning submission, Purcell led a thorough pre-application process involving close liaison with Historic England, Babergh District Council and the consulting Conservation Officer at Place Services. Extensive public and stakeholder engagement was also undertaken earlier in 2018, which included presenting a number of masterplan options and informed the development of the final proposals.