Haverhill club’s demolition is paving the way for more affordable homes

Demolition work is ongoing at the former Snooker & Bowl Club in Haverhill’s Chalkstone Way to make way for 21 much-needed affordable homes built by Havebury Housing Partnership.

Havebury is investing £3.3 million in the new development, which will be able to house 78 people in 14 flats and seven houses and includes 13 two bed and one, one bed flats, six three bed and one four bed houses.

The latest figures from St Edmundsbury Borough Council state there are 360 applicants on their housing register wanting to live in Haverhill.

Cllr Anne Gower, St Edmundsbury Council cabinet member for housing, who represents the Haverhill North ward, said: “There is a need for more affordable housing across the whole of West Suffolk and therefore we are keen to support the creation of new homes, which will enable strong, robust communities.

“Haverhill is a growing town and we need to provide all types of accommodation to support our economic and community development.

“The research park among other projects will lead to new jobs, but key to all of our future success is having a suitable and affordable place to call home, and that is why I am so pleased that Havebury is working to address some of this housing demand.”

Scott Bailey, head of development at Havebury, said: “There is great demand for affordable housing in this area and the statistics from the council support this.

“Great effort will be made to ensure the new homes will be in keeping with the surrounding area and this will be enhanced by landscaping.”