Stowmarket homes scheme on former engineering works comes up for auction

An artist's impression of some of the development at the Bradley Engineering site in Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket Image by James Francis
An artist's impression of some of the development at the Bradley Engineering site in Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket Image by James Francis
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The site of a former engineering works in Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket is up for auction with planning permission to build 19 new homes.

Cheffins will be auctioning the plot at the junction of Violet Hill Road and Childer Road.

Artist's impression of some of the development of Bradley Engineering at Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket. Image by James Francis

Artist's impression of some of the development of Bradley Engineering at Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket. Image by James Francis

It has planning permission for two of the three sites. This is for town houses and flats. The guide price is £1.1million.

The first part of the site is land behind 19 Violet Hill Road which offers seven three-bedroom townhouses with gardens and parking and a further six two-bedroom townhouses also with garden and parking. The total is split into three blocks and this will have a new vehicle access, internal roadway and the industrial storage buildings on the site will be knocked down.

The second part of the site is at the former Bradley Engineering works which involves demolition of the existing buildings and construction of three townhouses with gardens and parking plus two two-bedroom duplex flats with parking beneath and one one-bedroom duplex flat with parking beneath.

The final part of the site is at The Villa at 21, Violet Hill Road, a derelict residential property which is available for refurbishment as a single property or development into three further units. Planning permission will need to be sought for this.

|An artist's impression of the development at Bradley Engineering in Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket  Image by James Francis

|An artist's impression of the development at Bradley Engineering in Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket Image by James Francis

A Section 106 payment of £59,000 has been agreed with Mid Suffolk District Council to be paid in three instalments when the 5th, 10th and 13th properties are occupied.

There is no provision for affordable housing as the three separate sites come under the social housing threshold.

Stowmarket Mayor Cllr Gerard Brewster said he welcomed steps which would mean tidying up an untidy brownfield site which had been unused for some time.

“However we do need affordable housing here in Stowmarket and in general many developers are avoiding the issue and have Government support to do so,” he added.

An aerial view of the plans for Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket on the former Bradley Engineering works

An aerial view of the plans for Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket on the former Bradley Engineering works

Cllr Lesley Mayes, who represents central Stowmarket welcomed the move. “I welcome the news that this site will at long last be developed, It is a very ugly site and has come to the town council several times. I am however disappointed there is no affordable housing but so long as there are one or two-bedroomed properties I welcome this.”

The site will be auctioned on March 11 at Cheffins, Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge CB1 7EA. Images by James Francis