December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A site that has remained derelict in Ditchingham for more than a decade has been officially opened to the public as the first of the 105 new homes near completion.
The former Ditchingham Maltings site, in Pirnhow Street, has been unused since a major fire in 1999, but has now been transformed into the Waterside Maltings housing estate, with a mix of new-build homes and apartments converted from the original silk mill on the site.
Conservation developers PJ Livesey, who specialise in restoring and reusing listed buildings, hope to have the first of the 37 homes in phase one of the site finished by January, with plans for phase two, on the north side of the Alma Beck, still being finalised.
Bungay mayor Judy Cloke and local councillors were among those invited to the VIP launch of the development at the weekend, where they had a look round the show homes, saw the old silk mill and heard the plans for the wider site.
The development was opened to the public yesterday.
Georgina Livesey, who’s father Peter Livesey founded the company in the early 1980s, said: “As a company we are very pleased with how it’s going. The product shows itself what we are giving.
“If you came to the site eight or 12 months ago it was derelict, but now you can see the site is being brought back to life. It’s going to become a real community. We didn’t want to categorise our homes as standard new-builds. We wanted them to be in keeping with the history that was here.”
The development will have a mix of one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments and houses, with prices starting at £114,000 for a one-bedroom apartment to £279,000 for a larger four-bedroom home.
Miss Livesey said what was most important to the company was keeping parts of the old mill intact. She said: “If there’s a part of the building we can keep we will always work it into our buildings.
“My father would never knock anything down unless it was rotting or beyond saving.
“The conservation officer asked for us to create the feel of the original mill so we’ve gone for high ceilings; we’ve used slate roofs and the same colour bricks and mortar as the original building.”
The development has provided £130,000 in section 106 developer contribution money, which will be spent on improving local sports facilities, among other things.