Work begins on new housing and community facility in Mildenhall

l-r Lovels site manager Tony Thompson, Cllr Nigel Roman and Cllr Tony Whebble.
l-r Lovels site manager Tony Thompson, Cllr Nigel Roman and Cllr Tony Whebble.

Work has started to clear the site of a new community centre and 18 affordable homes in Mildenhall.

The £2.67 million project will see two, three and four bedroom homes built on the site in St John’s Close.

Cllr Rona Burt, Forest Heath District Council cabinet member for housing, said: “We all know there’s a shortage of affordable homes in the district so seeing the start of 18 new homes is really exciting.

“I’m looking forward to the development being completed and welcoming people into their homes.”

The scheme was initiated by the transfer of land and a £445,000 grant from Forest Heath District Council to Orbit East.

Orbit will provide 18 affordable rented homes and two houses for market rent which will be owned by the Keystone Development Trust.

The trust will use income from these homes to run a new community centre which replaces the former centre closed last year.

Forest Heath District Council’s deputy leader Cllr Nigel Roman said: “This is a terrific win win for Mildenhall because not only do we get a good number of affordable homes but we’ll be saving the taxpayer £30,000 a year as well by replacing an old community centre past its sell-by date with a fantastic new facility.

“It’s been a long time coming so it’s great that a start has now been made.”