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Sible Hedingham to receive new healthcare facility and rural business hub as part of £100 million programme of investment across Braintree

Graham Butland, leader of Braintree District Council. (5907500)
Graham Butland, leader of Braintree District Council. (5907500)

Plans for a rural business hub and a new healthcare facility in Sible Hedingham have been outlined, as part of a £100 million investment programme by Braintree District Council.

The authority confirmed it is currently in the process of acquiring the ownership of Osier House, a new business hub project in Osier Way that was recently constructed by Bloor Homes, as part of the conditions for its planning permission on the former Premdor site.

There are also proposals to invest in building a new health centre, which will also be located in Osier Way.

In addition, the authority has also announced a multi-million pound project to deliver up to 200 homes on council-owned land.

A spokeswoman confirmed that they are exploring developing homes at a site in New Street, Halstead, although the precise number of homes will be dependent on detailed designs and subject to planning permission.

These schemes will be financed with a portion of £100m, comprised of council borrowing, New Homes Bonus, retained business rates and unallocated balances.

Graham Butland, leader of Braintree District Council, said: “We’re investing in what matters to our residents – health and homes, journeys and jobs.

“This investment has a double benefit for residents – firstly by the investment itself and secondly by the return on investment which will be spent on council services.

“It also means that we are playing our part in preparing for our growing district, making sure that we have the right foundations in place to support that growth.

“Our investments are unlocking more from partners and the private sector and that adds up to better health care facilities, better homes, improvements to the way we get around the district and more jobs.”


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