Needham Market residents invited to share views on future of former council headquarters

Nick Gowrley, leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, has encouraged residents to share their ideas.

Nick Gowrley, leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, has encouraged residents to share their ideas. Picture: ASHLEY RILEY/PHEBE DONOVAN - Credit: Archant

Residents of Needham Market have been invited to have their say on the future of former council headquarters in the town.

Plans for the future of Mid Suffolk District Council’s former offices at 131 High Street, Needham Market will be unveiled for the first time on 4 April at the Needham Market Community Café.

All are welcome to call into the two drop in events on Wednesday 4 and Tuesday 10 April between 3pm and 8pm, at which representatives of Mid Suffolk District Council, Purcell Architects and Lawson Planning Partnership Ltd will be on hand to discuss the plans and answer any questions.

Nick Gowrley, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Leader and cabinet member for assets and investment, said: “These buildings are a key site for Needham Market, sitting at the heart of the town on the High Street, and we are determined to get their future right. A lot of thought and hard work has already gone into that future, and these events are an opportunity for anyone with an interest in the site to talk it over with our officers and partners. I’d urge anyone who is able to attend to come along and comment on the plans.”

Wendy Marchant and Mike Norris, Mid Suffolk District councillors for Needham Market and Badley ward, are encouraging everyone to have their say.

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Mr Norris said: “We recommend that everyone who can takes the opportunity to view and comment on the plans for the former District Council Offices site, being in such a prominent location off the High Street. It is essential that any development on this site reflects the character of the existing buildings in Needham Market.”

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