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Former primary school site in Haverhill could be turned into housing development

The old Westfield Primiary School site in Manor Road (2870794)
The old Westfield Primiary School site in Manor Road (2870794)

Proposals to build 37 new homes on an area of derelict land once occupied by a Haverhill primary school are coming up for public consultation.

Planning consultants Ingleton Wood and the owners of the site, Barley Homes, are holding a drop-in event at Haverhill Arts Centre next Thursday from 3-7pm to give people the chance to check out the proposals and give their views.

The Suffolk County Council-owned land in Manor Road has been empty since Westfield Primary School and Little Wonders Pre-School left in 2012 to move to new buildings in Chalkstone Way.

Barley Homes was incorporated in March 2016 as a company limited by shares and is jointly owned by Forest Heath District Council (25 per cent), St Edmundsbury Borough Council (25 per cent) and Suffolk County Council (50 per cent).

The Westfield site is allocated for residential development in the Haverhill Vision 2031 document and is listed as a brownfield site.

Sally Minns, senior planner at Ingleton Wood, said: “There is going to be 37 units and 11 of those we are proposing as affordable housing and shared ownership.

“There’s quite a variety of homes proposed, from semi-detached, to detached and flats.”

Ingleton Wood and Barley Homes are also working together to create a development brief for the abandoned piece of land in School Lane that was once the home of Castle Hill Middle School.

A drop-in consultation event was held on June 14 in Haverhill Arts Centre to allow people to find out more and give their views.

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