During 2002 planning applications to the Borough Council increased by some
25%. Many of
these were as usual small matters such as extensions to houses but there
were also quite a large
number of major applications, especially for flats in new blocks or in
conversions. Here are a few of the Society's comments from the period
September- December which should interest members.
Ranelagh Road/Princes Street bridge: erection of 7- to 16-storey blocks of
333 one- and two-bedroom flats and A1 and A3 retail uses.
supports the development of this site for mixed use with a predominance of
residential units. However these well presented plans are open to early
criticism from their very height and resulting density. There would be a
large increase in traffic at a junction that is already overloaded..."
Toller Street, timber storage yard: erection of 5-storey office building.
"This is an attractive building but the Society is concerned that a
five-storey building would impinge on the view from Cliff Lane and Landseer
Road towards the Wet Dock and the town. it would also be very close to the
brewery cottage. It certainly appears to be quite a small tall building that
would occupy only a small proportion of the site. Perhaps the architects
should be asked to review the situation?"
67 Norwich Road (former Revetts) : conversion of vehicle sales/repair
premises to two ground floor shops and 22 apartments (involves erection of
two additional storey heights).
"This is a problem building; it's a not very
attractive late 60s rather brutalist building in an area where current
development of any sort is a problem. These proposals do mean raising, the
overall height to about fifty feet but the new storeys are recessed and
therefore it should not seem too massy. We would like to see the inclusion
of a secure bicycle storage area which should be possible in the unused
eastern end of the car park."
Land at rear of 24-40 Goodwood Close: use of land for residential
development, including estate roads.
"The Society's Executive Committee
discussed this proposal at length when it was felt that this idea should be
refused on three grounds.
- It is an extension into the northern de facto
green belt that surrounds Ipswich. This necessary lung, once impinged on,
would make it more difficult to refuse similar applications.
- Because it
is highly likely that the Northern Fringe site on the other side of Henley
Road will in due course be developed to a 1,500 unit 'village', it does not
mean that other nearby develop- ments should be allowed. The developers'
suggestion that 150 units on this site would reduce the size of the Northern
Fringe development is disproportionate as it would only be 10% of the larger
proposals. Indeed it is counter-productive in that it would detract from the
concept of having one large development that will support real
- Access appears to be only feasible from
Goodwood Close via a series of narrow estate roads from Defoe Road. We
understand that it is impossible to reach Thurleston Lane and that a further
junction in Henley Road is unlikely to be allowed by the Highway Engineer."
1-3 St Matthew's Street: external alterations and infilling doorway facing
"The Society has in recent years spent considerable time and its
own money on improving Lady Lane. Thus we welcome a new occupier of this
shop and hope there will be a general upgrading of this area. We hope that
the Development Committee will find some way of enforcing the use of the
windows as display areas and not allow them to be blocked out by promotional
posters or painted over..."
The Old Rep, Tower Street: internal alterations including removal of
staircase to mezzanine floor, removal of pillar and additional structure
within former auditorium.
"The internal alterations to this historic
building suggest that it is to change to a night club with the installation
of a DJs podium, dance floor with what appear to be poles! Very serious
consideration would need to be given if this is the long term proposal."
6-8 Friars Street: erection of 9 flats and class A3 (food and drink) unit in
"The revised plans are certainly an improvement on the
previous set. The two facades are much more acceptable. However the rhythms
of the fenestration and the differentiation between the storeys still seem
unnecessarily awkward to us. We would like to see the Development Control
Committee refer these plans back for further consideration and discussion
with the Development Officers." IBC has granted conditional permission.
Building is proceeding. (Photo above, in December.)
At the time of 'going to
press, the Society is still considering its response to the application to
convert the former Tolly brewery into 27 flats with another (new) block of
41 flats nearby on the southern part of the brewery site.
Our October Newsletter quoted our approval of converting 20 Princes Street
offices into flats; our support for change of use from residential to
nursery school at 18B St Nicholas Street; and our objection to a "garish"
shop sign at 41 Tavern Street. We are pleased to note that IBC have approved
the first two and refused the third.