More new schemes to regenerate town centre

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PLANS for several projects in Stowmarket have been submitted to council planning officials.

The planning department at Mid Suffolk District Council has received an application from developers to build 26 new apartments in the town.

The site, at The Gables, in Bury Street, would house two apartment blocks made up of one and two-bedroom flats. The proposals also include provision of 27 car parking spaces and storage facilities for bicycles.

Elsewhere in the town, an application for a building change of use to create a physiotherapy practice on the Cedars Park estate has been submitted.

The practice, which would be in The Buntings, Kestrel Drive, would operate from a building which is currently unoccupied.

The practice would be open Monday to Saturday, and would employ two full-time and three part-time staff.

An application to use the well-known former Hopgoods building, in Gipping Way, has also been submitted to planning officers.

The building, which has been vacant since Hopgoods closed down in February, will be used as offices by Bosch Lawn and Garden Ltd.

The change of use will increase the floor space of the building from 855sqm to 1,350sqm and would provide office space to 100 company employees. The offices would be open 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday.

It would mean that the currently unused building would be used by local people once again.