Work starts on £2.7m town facelift project

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A £2.7 million project, which will see 20 new homes and a new community centre built in Mildenhall, has got under way.

The St John’s redevelopment scheme has come about following the transfer of land, worth around £300,000, and a £445,000 grant from Forest Heath District Council to Orbit East, which received planning permission earlier this year. Orbit will provide 18 affordable rented homes on the site and there will also be two houses for market rent owned by Keystone Development Trust. The trust will use income from these homes to run the new community centre. A separate scheme is also running with the aim of improving the nearby shop.

Mildenhall councillor and deputy leader of Forest Heath District Council, Cllr Nigel Roman, said: “This exciting project is the culmination of many years of hard work. It will not only see the replacement of the old community centre, which was well past its sell-by date, with a fantastic new facility, but will also lift the whole area with improvements to the shop, new affordable housing and a 60-bed care home on the former Great Heath Primary School site. It’s been a long time coming so it’s great that building has now started.”