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Stowmarket Middle School site could be turned into 38 homes under Mid-Suffolk Council plan

The former Stowmarket Middle School site will be turned into 38 affordable homes, under Mid Suffolk District Council’s plan.

The authority has submitted a planning application for the development, having bought the Walnut Tree Walk site from the county council after the school closed in 2015.

Councillor Julie Flatman, cabinet member for housing, said: “We have a pressing need for homes in Mid Suffolk and believe there is an opportunity to regenerate and redevelop the former school.”

Students at the former Stowmarket Middle School
Students at the former Stowmarket Middle School

Under plans, the brownfield site will be turned into six one-bedroom apartments, eight two-bedroom flats, 14 two-bedroom homes, eight three-bedroom homes and two four-bedroom homes.

Stowmarket Middle School shut when the county council brought in a two-tier education model. It had served as a middle school since 1971, having opened as a boys school in 1862.

Read more: Stowmarket Middle School to close

At the time of writing, no members of the public have commented while environmental health officers raised no objections.

The site of the former middle school in Stowmarket (11514767)
The site of the former middle school in Stowmarket (11514767)

Walnut Tree Walk sits on the west of the town centre and is within walking distance of Stowmarket railway station.

Norwich-based planning company Ingleton Wood drew up proposals following a public consultation last November. Plans do not affect the adjacent recreation fields, multi-use sports area and skate park.

The proposals will be considered by Mid Suffolk’s development control committee later this year.

To comment on the application, visit planning.baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk and search for reference DC/19/02484. Or email: planning@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

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