Suffolk

Planners consider £8m council office scheme in Lowestoft

Proposals for a £8m building to house 500 staff from two Suffolk councils are to go for planning approval next week.

The shared building is designed to be energy efficient and Suffolk county and Waveney district councils claim it will save £3m over the next 10 years.

Existing buildings are in need of repair and the councils decided a new building was needed.

The building will be located on Kirkley Waterfront in Lowestoft, in an area already earmarked for office use.

A new shared customer facility is also to open at the Marina Centre in Lowestoft town centre.

Colin Noble, Suffolk's cabinet member for finance and property, said: "Remaining in our existing properties is not an option because of their age, design, poor condition and increasing maintenance costs.

"Developing this new accommodation demonstrates both councils' commitment to working together in order to deliver the very best services for local people."

Waveney council leader Colin Law said: "By vacating unsuitable buildings which are very expensive to maintain, this is a project which would save Waveney taxpayers millions of pounds and help regenerate a previously neglected part of Lowestoft."

The development control committee meeting, which will hear the application, will take place on 18 September at Lowestoft Town Hall.

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