A multi-million pound project to deliver 92 new homes and a retail unit in Needham Market is now underway.

Chambers Green is the first project for Mid Suffolk Growth, a joint venture between the Norse Group and Mid Suffolk District Council, set up to develop council-owned land into housing and other facilities for the local community.

Phase one will see the Council’s former headquarters transformed into a combination of two and three bed detached and semi-detached houses, as well as one and two bed apartments and a retail unit. Part of the original headquarters building is listed and its character and period features will be preserved, while the former bowling green adjacent to the site will be maintained as open space, with a community walk and benches added near an existing duck pond.

Ten of the homes will be affordable housing, helping those on lower incomes.

Cllr Paul Ekpenyong, Chair of Mid Suffolk Growth said: “I am pleased to see the development at Needham Market start to take shape. Our investment in this project, will help us realise our ambition of delivering homes for our local communities and support the economy in Mid Suffolk.”

Commenting on the development, Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said: “I am delighted to see work getting underway at our former headquarters. There is a significant demand for homes in Needham Market and Chambers Green will offer the community good quality homes in the heart of the town. This is, however, just the start of our investment in our vision for the town’s future.”

Richard Gawthorpe, Norse Group Director, said: “It is fantastic to see this significant project now underway. The aim of Mid Suffolk Growth is to a provide a positive, local and regional contribution to the economic, environmental and housing needs of the community, and this scheme will deliver so much for the local area.”