Plans to turn school into affordable homes gets go ahead

A computer generated image of the Walnut Tree Walk development on the site of the former Stowmarket Middle School – Picture: Mid Suffolk District Council

Plans to regenerate the former Stowmarket Middle School site into 38 affordable homes to help lower income house hunters received the formal go-ahead this week.

The development, which was approved by Mid Suffolk’s Development Control Committee last September, will see the site in Walnut Tree Walk transformed into:

  • 6 one bedroom apartments
  • 8 two bedroom flats
  • 14 two bedroom houses
  • 8 three bedroom houses
  • 2 four bedroom houses

The properties offer a mix of affordable housing and are amongst more than 200 homes in Mid Suffolk’s social housing pipeline over the next two years, part of a multi-million pound investment in social housing across the district.

Cllr Julie Flatman, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:  “When the county moved to a two-tier education system and the school site became redundant, we realised there was an opportunity to buy it as a brownfield site in order to help meet the town’s pressing need for affordable housing.  I’m delighted that we’re now able to breathe new life into this town centre site and provide more people with a place that they are proud to call home.”

Planners issued the formal decision notice yesterday, Wednesday 26th August, with contracts due to be awarded for the work over coming weeks.

3 thoughts on “Plans to turn school into affordable homes gets go ahead

    1. I agree with Julie. There not enough parking for the people that live around there and a lot of new housing estates have room for one car maybe 2 if your Lucky and a couple of guest parking.

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