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Lavenham gas holder site to become 24-space car park

The Victorian gas holder site in Lavenham is set to be turned into a 24-space car park after £190,000 worth of funding was secured.

The former works in Water Street, which were used from 1872 to 1937, will remain in some form - with the gas holder to be restored and made accessible to the public.

Lavenham Parish Council had bid for the funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy. This is collected from developers when they build properties in Babergh, with the aim of ensuring local infrastructure keeps pace with housing growth.

Lavenham Gas works Picture Mark Westley. (31729392)
Lavenham Gas works Picture Mark Westley. (31729392)

Councillor Carroll Reeve, chairman of Lavenham Parish Council, said: "This is good news and the new car park will be really welcome.

"It is one of a handful of infrastructure projects we are doing in Lavenham right now and this is the first one that has come through this year. This gives us 24 parking spaces with two charging points, and the opportunity to put in more."

He added: "The gas holder will be there for the public to see, we will renovate at some stage. It is an important part of our heritage."

The parish council will also contribute £48,000 towards the development. The renovated gas holder, which is a listed building, is also set to have information panels detailing the works' historical importance.

Councillor Clive Arthey, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “Community Infrastructure Levy money can be a long-term beneficial funding source which makes a real difference to residents in Babergh.

"These payments ensure housing growth in our district enables communities to thrive, not just now, but for many years to come.

“I am pleased that this round of funding has allowed us to make a significant contribution to a project which will not only preserve local heritage but will also accommodate electric vehicle charging points to tackle the effects of climate change.”

Levy funding will also be used to develop projects in East Bergholt, Cockfield and Capel St Mary.

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