Show homes in Needham Market are opening their doors to potential buyers this weekend – in the first phase of Mid Suffolk District Council’s multi-million investment in the town.
Five houses on the new Chambers Green development – built on the council’s former office complex in the town – are now open for viewing by appointment, with councillors amongst the first over the threshold to see the new homes for themselves.
The development is being delivered by Mid Suffolk Growth – a joint venture between Mid Suffolk District Council and Norse Group set up to deliver housing and promote sustainable growth across the district.
The first phase sees the Council’s former headquarters transformed into a combination of two and three bed detached and semi-detached houses, as well as one and two bed apartments and a retail unit. Ten of these properties will be affordable homes, helping to support those on lower incomes.
Part of the original headquarters building is listed, and its character and period features will be preserved. The former bowling green next to the site will be maintained as open space, with a community walk and benches to be added near the existing duck pond.
The Chambers Green development is, part of a wider vision for Needham Market – which will ultimately see a total of 133 new houses, flats and bungalows in the town, a natural community space and walk, a new library, a café and visitor centre at nearby Needham Lake, and improved access between the lake and town to boost visitor numbers to the high street.
The first phase of 32 homes at Chambers Green is due to be completed by Spring 2022. The second phase will provide an additional 60 homes, and the transformation of the former Middle School will create a further 41 homes.
The Middle School development also includes converting the existing Victorian school building into a library to replace the town’s current library provision.
At the same time, the council’s investment in the new visitor centre is expected to attract more visitors to enjoy the open space at Needham Lake. A new pedestrian access through Needham Market train station will then provide easy access from Needham Lake to the town centre where visitors can enjoy the High Street’s independent shops and restaurants.
Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for Economy and Chair of MSDC (Suffolk Holdings) Ltd, Cllr Gerard Brewster said:
“I am pleased to see the development at Needham Market taking shape. Our investment in this project not only helps us realise our goal of delivering local homes, but also helps to support the economy in Mid Suffolk, developing sustainable communities, and providing as many people as possible with a place they are proud to call home.”
Cllr Suzie Morley Mid Suffolk District Council Leader said:
We are committed to investing in our market towns and this development shows what is possible. Together with our partners, the local community and businesses we can work to ensure the infrastructure and facilities are in place to ensure Needham Market can continue to grow and thrive”
Cllr Harry Richardson, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for Wellbeing and Mid Suffolk Growth director said:
“This is a major investment in Needham Market, not only meeting the need for new homes but also supporting the wider community in accessing open spaces, attracting visitors and boosting the local economy.”
Anyone interested in viewing the show homes should contact sales agents William H Brown on 01449 614459 or email email@example.com. Show homes viewing Friday – Monday, 10am – 5pm, by appointment only.