New housing scheme opens

Cllr lesley Mayes, chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council, plants a cherry tree to mark the opening of new homes in the town

Cllr lesley Mayes, chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council, plants a cherry tree to mark the opening of new homes in the town

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A HOUSING scheme which provides flats for assisted living and general needs opened in Stowmarket on Wednesday.

The £1 million scheme has been built in partnership between Mid Suffolk District Council, Orbit East Homes, Suffolk County Council and Together, a charity which supports people with mental health problems.

The homes in Finborough Road will provide nine assisted living flats with a shared common room.

There is also an office and sleeping accomodation for support staff.

The four remaining flats are two two-bedroom homes and two one-bedroom homes and will be managed by Orbit East and offered at affordable rents through Gateway to Homechoice, the choice-based lettings system in Mid Suffolk.

Cllr Marilyn Curran, Mid Suffolk portfolio holder for housing, said: “Without the hard work of all involved we wouldn’t have such an excellent scheme to be opening today.”

Mid Suffolk provided £100,000 to Orbit East towards the scheme.