Exhibition on revised East House plans delayed

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Plans to stage a public exhibition into fresh proposals for the future of East House in Hadleigh have been put on hold.

The event – giving residents the chance to have their say – was scheduled to take place in mid-April at the town’s library but Babergh District Council, which owns the Georgian building, is still working on a new planning application.

This follows the authority’s decision to scrap efforts to turn the Grade II listed building in George Street into two homes and build four detached houses and a cart lodge on the site of the former putting green.

The council announced it had withdrawn these plans last month citing opposition encountered during a consultation as a key factor.

“Work on the new application, taking the responses received during last year’s consultation, is still on-going and there will not be an exhibition at the moment,” said a council spokeswoman.

Campaigners had voiced dismay over the council’s previous plans claiming the land at the back of the house is regularly used by families and dog walkers and should be kept as open space.

It is the council’s intention to eventually sell the building to fund part of the costs of the £2.4million improvements to Hadleigh Pool and Leisure Centre.

No date has been set for the exhibition.