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Housing plans at former Babergh District Council office in Hadleigh stalled as negotiations between council and cricket club continue


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Members of Hadleigh Cricket club are concerned after plans to redevelop the former Babergh District Council offices were approved..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314743)
Members of Hadleigh Cricket club are concerned after plans to redevelop the former Babergh District Council offices were approved..Pic - Richard Marsham. (8314743)

Plans to redevelop Babergh District Council’s former headquarters have stalled while the terms of the application continue to be negotiated.

Discussions are ongoing between representatives of the council, Hadleigh Cricket Club and Sport England, with the trio yet to reach an agreement over a set of conditions issued as part of the initial planning application earlier this year.

The club, whose sports pitch is located on a neighbouring site to the former council HQ, had previously raised concerns with the authority over a series of unresolved issues.

Due to the close proximity between the housing development and its sports grounds, the club has requested an increase to the proposed 4.3-metre high perimeter fence on one side of the ground.

Club chairman David Mann has cited the potential problems which could arise from failing to impose adequate protective measures, such as damage to surrounding vehicles and property from stray cricket balls.

Despite planning permission being granted to build 53 new homes in Corks Lane as part of a project to redevelop Bridge House and a disused car park, the application remains subject to the three parties reaching a suitable agreement.

Planning permission will be only be issued once all parties are satisfied with the conditions, which will enable work to begin.

Should an agreement fail to be reached, however, it is understood that the application will return to Babergh District Council’s planning committee, which will decide on subsequent action.

This could result in a further consultation with the club’s key stakeholders.



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