90 new homes for town

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Work is underway to build more than 90 homes on the site of a former factory in a town.

Taylor Wimpey is redevloping the Unilever manufacturing facility site, in High Street,
Needham Market, into 80 private and 10 affordable homes.

The developer is converting Grade II listed The Croft into four flats and The Maltings into two commercial units.

The development, which also includes a child’s play area, was given final planning permission last month by Mid Suffolk 
District Council.

Taylor Wimpey has already created a replacement car park for the High Street to be run by the town council.

Kevin Hunter, clerk for the town council, said: “It’s a much better amenity but also there’s a small area which is described as a town square.

“We’re in discussion with Taylor Wimpey about putting a small monolith there which will have plaques on it 
describing the history of the town.

“In due course as the site comes to completion we’re to negotiate with the developers over a sum of money which will allow the town council to maintain that area.

“We will be extending our litter picking scheme into that site as it is completed.”

He added: “It’s good to see the site being developed. It’s been vacant as a disused factory site and there were elements of vandalism which wasn’t good.

“The work started about three months ago.

“There are some show homes complete and they’re rapidly doing the affordable housing element.”

Dictrict Cllr Wendy Marchant, who represents Needham Market, said: “They’re building it now and the houses at the front look attractive.

“It’s going to look a lot better and nicer than what was there before and I understand the houses are selling like hot cakes.

“It’s so convenient for the bus services. Needham Market is an attractive town and community.”