McCarthy and Stone in early stages of developing Hadleigh home advertised on its website

Hadleigh High Street

Hadleigh High Street

A new retirement home could be built in Hadleigh after a company “acquired an interest” in a site in the town.

McCarthy and Stone has listed details of the new facility on its website with the proviso “subject to planning” – but the town council has said it has heard nothing about the venture.

On the McCarthy and Stone website it lists the potential building as having 17 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom apartments.

It says they would all have modern amenities including kitchen appliances and Sky TV connection points.

There will also apparently be a camera entry system, a guest suite and a homeonwers’ lounge with WiFi, with the properties supposedly being “situated just 300metres from the main High Street”.

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A spokesman for the company said: “McCarthy and Stone have acquired an interest in a site in Hadleigh and are currently at an early stage of developing the scheme.

“Once we have some draft proposals, we will be in touch directly with local residents, councillors and the East Anglian Daily Times.

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“There would be substantial public consultation before any planning application is submitted.”

Carol Bailey, clerk at Hadleigh Town Council, said while the home could fill a gap in the market in the area it would have been nice for the council to be informed.

“It could be beneficial to the town,” she said. “But I think there would still be access issues.

“There’s a need for small one and two bedroom properties in the centre of town.

“I think it would have been nice if they had, not necessarily talked to us, but at least made us aware.

“I know they like to advertise well in advance but they haven’t even started them.”

Mrs Bailey said such properties as those mentioned on the McCarthy and Stone website could suit people wanting to downsize from other homes in Hadleigh.

The town council has provided a link to the website on its Facebook page.

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