Spotlight on regeneration projects across our districts

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Regeneration Projects

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have a number of regeneration projects underway to promote economic growth, increase employment and attract new residents, visitors and investors.  This helps to unlock areas and sites with the district which have greater potential to deliver benefits for people living in the area or using its facilities, infrastructure and services.

We want to reinvigorate of our local economies. Increased inward investment and the relocation of businesses into the districts will bring improvements to economic competitiveness and prosperity.

The projects underway in the region are:

  • Stowmarket Health, Education, and Leisure Facilities
  • Gateway 14 (Stowmarket) Skills and Innovation Centre
  • Hadleigh (Ipswich Road – A1071) Commercial Unit Development
  • Hamilton Road, Bus Station and Borehamgate Regeneration Area, Sudbury
  • Belle Vue Park, Sudbury
  • Cross Street, Eye

Some of the projects recently completed include:

  • Solar Carports
  • Visitor Centre at Needham Lake – Duck and Teapot Café

The Councils a climate emergency in 2019, and have since been playing a leading role in:

  • supporting decarbonisation
  • local micro-energy generation through our assets and car parks
  • identifying local sustainable travel opportunities

This has led us to piloting a solar carport scheme in our Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre car park in Stowmarket and Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury.

It will:

  • generate electricity to offset the energy costs of the leisure centre
  • reduce reliance on the grid and provide energy resilience
  • enable us to reduce carbon emissions
  • reduce fuel miles and encourage wider use of electric vehicles by providing charging points
  • link to our Sudbury and Stowmarket Vision work, providing wider social, economic, and environmental benefits
  • demonstrate forward thinking investment in our key market town’s infrastructure