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- Education for young people and adults
- Sport and leisure facilities
- Health and community provision
- Links to business and commercial activity
Ultimately, Halesworth Campus wants to create a beautiful space for everybody to enjoy on one integrated site.
Halesworth Campus is situated on the former Middle School site at the corner of Norwich Road and Harrison’s Lane.
Thanks to Suffolk County Council’s support for the project, we have not had to buy the Campus site, formally the middle school, or pay for demolition work. This land is already allocated for development under Waveney District Council’s Local Development Framework (HAL 3).
The North Suffolk Skills Centre, located on the site, is still owned by Suffolk County Council but is in the process of being leased, for 50 years, to Halesworth Campus. If the planning applications are approved by Waveney District Council (or East Suffolk Council when it is merged with Suffolk Coastal), part of the Campus land will be sold to Castlemeadow Care to develop the nursing home and apartments. Land to the south of the site, where it is planned to put the all-weather pitch, is presently privately owned but will come into the ownership of Halesworth Campus. This transfer is dependent on the plans for the sport and leisure, health and social care facilities and the nearby housing being approved.
The board of trustees of Halesworth Campus is working closely with several partners:
- Public bodies: Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council/East Suffolk Council
- Charitable and not-for-profit organisations: Halesworth Health, Halesworth Volunteer Centre and Sentinel Leisure Trust
- Private businesses: Castlemeadow Care, Pulse Fitness
- Education sector organisations: Construction Training Specialists and Peterborough Regional College
- The Skills Centre, offering vocational and other courses
- Grass pitches for hire by local organisations
- The Apollo Youth Club
Phase 1 of development will include:
- A new care home, with beds that the NHS can commission
- Supported dwellings for senior people promoting independent living in later life
- Fitness suite with 50+ workout stations
- Three multi-purpose studios
- Full-size, floodlit, all-weather 3G pitch
- Full-size grass pitch for football and rugby
- Hard courts for tennis and netball
- Outdoor and indoor changing rooms
- A community cafe
- Up-to-date facilities for vocational training and apprenticeships
- Classrooms and a community space
- Landscaped areas including a play area, perimeter track, public art and casual recreation space
- Walkways and cycle paths to and around the site
- Parking in line with Sport England requirements for ‘normal usage’, plus possible overflow parking
- Replacement facilities for the Apollo Youth Club, subject to additional funding
Future phases, subject to funding, will include:
- Three-court multi-sports hall, suitable for badminton and cricket nets
- A community swimming pool
Castlemeadow Care will be running the nursing home and assisted living apartments.
Construction Training Specialists, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Peterborough Regional College, will be running the training programmes and apprenticeships at the North Suffolk Skills Centre.
The charity Halesworth Campus will still hold the Campus in trust for the benefit of the people of Halesworth and surrounding communities in perpetuity.
Funding will come from several sources. The main contribution is coming from the sale of land owned by Halesworth Campus, while other monies will be provided by a variety of sources such as developers, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), sporting national governing bodies and other external funding streams.
Halesworth does not have a nursing home and, with the demise of the Patrick Stead Hospital, there is a need for beds in Halesworth. Halesworth Campus will include a care home with nursing plus dementia care and extra-care apartments. Castlemeadow Care was selected as our preferred partner to deliver the health provision. The sale of land to Castlemeadow Care will raise some of the funding required to develop other parts of the Campus.
We aim to provide a pedestrian-friendly environment with wider footpaths to ensure safety and accessibility. Visitors driving to the sports facilities and Skills Centre will access the site via the existing Harrison’s Lane entrance. Care home visitors and residents will enter the site from Bungay Road. Highways and transport assessments have been undertaken to ensure that the access roads can accommodate the level of traffic that would be generated by the development.
The planning application will be submitted in two parts:
- Spring 2019: Submission of detailed plans for healthcare and all-weather pitch only, and outline plans for all the remaining sports facilities
- Summer 2019: Submission of detailed plans for the remaining Phase 1 sports facilities
The Local Authority will progress the application through to a recommendation to the Planning Committee for a decision in late Summer 2019.
Full plans, once submitted, will be available to view on the planning portal for East Suffolk:
If all goes smoothly with planning and the funding streams, we expect to be able to start on site in the autumn of 2019. The 3G pitch will be constructed first due to its requirement of a 12-month settling period before use. During this time the first phase of the indoor provision will be completed. Therefore, it is likely that the facilities can be completed and opened for the autumn/winter of 2020/21. Every effort will be made to complete Phase 1 within an 18-month period.
The Local Authority will progress the application through to a recommendation to the Planning Committee for a decision in spring/summer 2019.
Full plans will be available to view on the planning portal for East Suffolk:
The proposed location of the 3G all-weather pitch is as far from local residents as it can be on the site. In addition, the planning authority is likely to set conditions limiting the times at which potentially intrusive facilities can operate. Modern design and installation for lighting and acoustics should reduce the impact on residents. There will also be sympathetic landscaping and planting that provide enough boundary protection where required.
The Apollo Youth Club building will not be affected by the initial phase of the Campus development, during which the youth club will continue in its current location. However, the existing building will have to be demolished at some point, to make way for later phases of the Campus development. The Campus trustees are committed to working with the club and our partners to provide replacement facilities of some sort, to be available before the current building is demolished. We also hope that club members will get involved with Making the Place, the Campus arts project and, with others from the community, help us design the cafe and social spaces that accompany the new sports centre.
The Skills Centre on the Halesworth Campus site re-opened in February 2018 with new training providers, Construction Training Specialists (see ‘Partners’ tab for further details). There will be a welcome expansion of vocational training opportunities for young people and adults. Some of the trades and qualifications on offer will be linked to other developments and services on the Campus; some to other local employers. There are also adult leisure education classes in a variety of subjects, provided through Coastal Leisure Learning.
The proposed development will work around the mature trees on site as best it can, and tree removal will be kept to a minimum. Some shrubs and trees will have to be removed to enable the development, but these will be replaced by an attractive landscaping scheme.
Without volunteers there would be no Campus Project – it’s as simple as that! There are no paid staff, and over the years Trustees past and present have put in literally thousands of hours to help the project move forward. We will have a great deal of work going on in different strands, so if you have skills and time to offer, we would welcome your support. Please do get in touch via the Contact page of this website to express an interest. If accepted, you will get a proper induction and you will have a member of the Board as a ‘link’ person. You will be insured whilst on Halesworth Campus business.