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First homes completed in large-scale regeneration project

Eight homes have been completed as part of large scale regeneration project across Mid Suffolk.

Orbit Homes has completed the first part of a multi-phase regeneration project in partnership with Mid Suffolk District Council. The project involves the demolition of 84 council-owned homes across three sites and two phases in Haughley, Stowmarket and Woolpit. 

The completion of this first scheme sees eight homes created at Denny Close, Haughley, including two bungalows and six houses. Five of the residents moving into the new homes have moved from Bixby Avenue in Haughley, which is where the second phase of the project will take place. The remaining three homes are to be made available for affordable rent and will be let under the choice-based lettings system.

Orbit Homes’ resident liaison officer, Christine Sutcliffe, has been involved with the project form the start, keeping residents informed of project updates and ensuring that their requirements are met. Christine commented: “This is a fantastic project to be involved with; the difference being made to people’s lives is plain to see. The previous homes were no longer fit for purpose, so it’s great to provide these families with brand new homes.

“With a project like this it is important to keep residents informed of the project progress, especially when people are re-locating. By working with Mid Suffolk District Council, we have been able to offer an effective and comprehensive service to the customers affected, ensuring that their requirements, feedback and concerns are listened to and acted upon.”

The first phase will also see the completion of 14 houses at St Marys Road in Stowmarket this summer, all of which are due to be let to existing Mid Suffolk District Council residents. The first phase also includes 25 homes in Steeles Road, Woolpit, six of which will be for existing council residents.

The second phase of the project will provide a further 114 affordable homes, 34 of which will be shared ownership, a much needed tenure in the district.