Mayor’s backing for retirement homes in Hadleigh town centre

Plans for retirement homes in Hadleigh
Plans for retirement homes in Hadleigh

More than 100 people turned out to see plans to turn a former industrial site in Hadleigh into retirement homes.

An exhibition on March 22 to display proposals for retirement homes on the former Brett Works site was attended by approximately 150 people.

McCarthy and Stone hopes to develop the site, which had previously seen plans for a Tesco supermarket defeated, with 35 retirement living apartments, 25 bungalows and four cottages.

The scheme includes a large area of public open space adjacent to the river, with a new footbridge also proposed to create a link between the High Street and the River Walk.

The company says the proposals would provide a significant economic boost to businesses in Hadleigh.

It estimates the development would bring £950,000 of annual spending to Hadleigh’s economy.

Hadleigh mayor Richard Whiting is in favour of the plans and hopes they will be approved by Babergh District Council.

He said many people he had spoken with agreed the retirement homes provided much-needed accommodation for an ageing population in the town, while it would release housing in the town for young families.

“This improves what we’ve got to offer in Hadleigh,” he said. “I’m all for this development.”

Mark Wright, regional managing director at McCarthy and Stone said: “We are delighted so many people took the time to come and view our proposals for Hadleigh and it is pleasing that a vast majority of people we talked to at our event expressed support for the plans.

“The scheme would regenerate this brownfield site with much-needed retirement accommodation for local people, while delivering community benefits through the proposed open space and new footbridge.

“It was encouraging to see that a number of local people who attended our exhibition would be interested in purchasing a property.

“The range of homes proposed at this scheme and the convenient location of the development close to Hadleigh’s shops and services seem to prove particularly popular.”

Following the exhibition, McCarthy and Stone will review the feedback it receives before submitting a planning application to Babergh District Council in the coming weeks.

Residents can find out more by calling the McCarthy and Stone freephone information line on 0800 298 7040 or visiting www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/hadleigh.