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Councils urged to be more transparent about Barley Homes future




Babergh District Council headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (2912224)
Babergh District Council headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (2912224)

A council has been urged to be more transparent about the future of an affordable housing developer.

Suffolk County Council is ‘keeping secrets’ about its intentions for Barley Homes, which it jointly owns with St Edmundsbury borough and Forest Heath district councils, says Cllr David Nettleton.

Following reports that the county council was pulling out of the agreement, an email sent to members of the borough council said that ‘recent discussions’ about the company’s future had taken place.

“The thing is that there are no papers to go along with these discussions so I have no idea what the options are,” said Cllr Nettleton.

“They will eventually have to open it up to the public and get everyone involved as they should have done from the start but at the moment we are being kept in the dark about it all.”

A spokesman for the authorities said the councils are ‘always looking at the best ways to work together’.

“We will continue to make the most of the expertise available within each authority and make the best use of public assets to deliver much needed homes for communities in West Suffolk.”



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