Plans put in for old Brett Works site

Perspective image of the proposed development for the former Brett Works site in Hadleigh
Perspective image of the proposed development for the former Brett Works site in Hadleigh

Plans have been submitted to redevelop a brownfield site in Hadleigh with retirement homes and open space with links to the River Brett.

Following pre-application consultation with the local community, McCarthy and Stone has submitted plans to Babergh District Council to redevelop the former Brett Works and adjacent land.

The plans would see 35 one and two-bedroom retirement living apartments built, 25 two and three-bedroom bungalows, and four two-bedroom cottages.

Vehicular access to the site is proposed from a widened entrance off the High Street.

The proposals would also provide an extensive area of publicly accessible open space and a new footbridge link onto the existing river walk.

An application for a Tesco supermarket to be built on the former Brett Valley Joinery site was refused in 2013.

Ahead of submitting a planning application, McCarthy and Stone held individual meetings with local interested parties and neighbours of the site to discuss its early proposals.

A public exhibition was also held in March to showcase the plans to the wider community.

The exhibition was attended by around 150 people on the day with 87 per cent the feedback received through the consultation in support of the proposals.

Mark Wright, regional managing director at McCarthy and Stone, said: “Our proposals for Hadleigh would provide a range of housing options for local older people in a highly sought after location.

“We are delighted that so many local people have shown an interest in the plans and indicated their support.

“The plans would regenerate the brownfield site, providing high quality buildings which have been designed to take cues from the town’s existing architectural style and respect the heritage of the site.

“The redevelopment of the site would deliver extensive open space and a new footbridge to enhance the riverside setting and deliver a number of economic benefits for the town because of its location near to shops and facilities.”