December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, November 1, 2013
Controversial plans to redevelop a 17th Century house and park in Hadleigh are set to resurface.
In 2012, Babergh District Council submitted applications to turn East House in George Street into flats and to develop the former putting green behind the Grade II-Listed property for housing.
But the local authority, which owns East House and the adjoining land, withdrew the application this April following objections received during a consultation exercise.
More than 1,000 people signed a petition and launched a campaign to save the plot, which is known locally as Cox’s Park.
The council has just announced it is to hold a public exhibition on November 8 of ‘revised proposals’ for the redevelopment of East House. Plans will be on show at Hadleigh Pool & Leisure Centre from 10am to 4pm. Those unable to attend will be able to view the revised scheme on Babergh’s website from November 11.
A spokesman for the authority said the aim of the exhibition is to enable local residents to view the revised proposals before the formal planning process begins.
Babergh councillor David Grutchfield said: “We welcome as many views as possible and want people to tell us what they think.”
Penny Cook, Hadleigh town council’s planning committee chair, said: “We have resigned ourselves to the fact that East House will have to be sold but we will be very interested to see what the new plans include in terms of the public open space and the number of houses they intend to build.”