Options considered for historic Haverhill building

Hopes to develop an historic building in the centre of Haverhill have been met with approval by a new town councillor.

A feasibility plan published this month shows the possible options for Building Four of Haverhill’s Chauntry Mills.

The listed building is part of the Gurteen company’s town centre factory. It was built in 1856 and housed a steam engine, affectionately known as Caroline.

The feasibility report outlines a number of ways in which the building could be developed, including turning it into a museum, a retail space with a cafe, a crèche or office space.

New Haverhill town councillor, Jason Crooks, who was elected to represent Haverhill’s South Ward in the May 7 elections, welcomed the feasibility report.

He said: “I welcome the feasibility study for the North Light sheds Building Four, the document contains some interesting and exciting options for this great building that is an important part of Haverhill’s industrial heritage.

“The document is a helpful piece of the jigsaw in the overall planning application.”

According to the feasibility report: “ A key aim of the proposal is to improve the prospects for securing a re-use for Building Four, also known as the ‘northern warehouse’.

“As a former north-lit weaving shed, the building has typical characteristics ofi ts type, some of which limit the potential for re-use and others which might enhance the potential for specific market interest.

“One of the prerequisites for the re-use of Building four is to ensure that the former engine, ‘Caroline’ and flywheel are preserved in situ. As extant machinery which explains the original use of the building, it is appropriate for these to be retained and, wherever possible, for public access to them to be enabled, ideally as part of a ‘public’ element in the building.”