Anglesea Road/Ivry Street, erection of 3-4 storey preparatory school
Society is delighted to see these entirely new plans for the Prep School on
a new site; we feel that this is a much better solution than trying to
expand Victonian houses in Henley Road.
Overall we are impressed with the design of the new buildings We
are, however, concerned
by the relative anonymity of the main entrance in Ivry Street. It is a sound
architectural axiom that a fine building has an obvious entrance. On the
other hand, the glass tower containing the staircase is over-emphasised and
has the best views. We would like to see fresh thought given to this aspect
of the design."
151 St Helen's Street, erection of 14 flats
"The proposal to replace the
attractive 1930s garage, a two storey building with strong horizontals, with
an interrupted three storied apartment block with pitched roofs is
particularly badly thought out .... There is a failure to turn the comer
into Palmerston Road and the elevation presented to St Helen's Street is
unacceptable. This proposal should be refused on grounds of a design quality
that is too poor for one of the main entrances to the town from the east."
16-20 Stoke Street, convert vacant retail premises into 12
"These so-called plans should be rejected; there is no clear thought to the
site layout and they are attempting to squeeze a quart into a pint pot on
this site. They should give more care to regeneration in the area ... and
that approach would prove more profitable as well as being more
aesthetically satisfactory in the long run."
Bramford Lane, change of use from allotments (part) to public open space
"It is appreciated that a full consultation exercise has been carried out
with local residents ... Provided representations of the residents are fully
met - support."
Yarmouth Road, TA Centre, erection of 4 blocks of flats between 4 and 5
"We have inspected the fresh application; ... access from
Yarmouth Road, the provision of pathway and cycle track and the elevations
have been improved. We now feel that planning permission should be granted,
subject of course to the Council's officers' approval of details."
Crown Pools: new pay & display car park on existing lawn
"This scheme simply increases car parking spaces ... There is a massive
multi-storey car park adjacent that is more than adequate for those who
choose not to use sustainable transport into the centre of town. The lawn
contributes to the open space aspect that is important to the setting of
this fine building
.... The Ipswich Society recommend refusal."
Former Christchurch Hospital: 37 residential apartments
"The scheme has merit ... The division into separate units has been designed
..removal of portico and intrusive windows is to be applauded but further
alterations to recent additions would be beneficial. In particular there is
an opportunity to restore symmetry in number 61. [We]would welcome more
trees on the front boundary even if this results in a loss of a car parking
31 Stoke Street: 6 dwellings
"The Ipswich Society notes the considerable improvements made to the
proposals but suggests it is still over-development of this site ... We are
disappointed that the indicative elevations are twee and that there is no
reasonable allowance for car parking..."
Spring Road former reservoir site: 24 residential apartments in 3 storey
"This application is premature. What is required for the area of
under-developed land north and south of Spring Road (mainly allotments) is
planning guidance. We understand the Outline Permission was for 8 houses.
This development for 24 units is considerably more demanding in terms of car
parking, vehicle movements..."
Ipswich Co-operative, Carr Street: new entrance doors to no.36, new fascia
rear elevation nos.38-68
"[We] are disappointed by the aesthetic quality of work currently being
carried out to the Carr Street elevation, in particular the automatic doors
on the curved frontage at the junction of Cox Lane and Carr Street ...
Although we accept that the rear elevation to Co-operative House is not as
important as, or of similar quality to the front, these buildings form an
important feature in the street scene, particularly the 1884 drapery store."
13 St Nicholas Street: alterations to form restaurant, & external
"Bland, boring, featureless and typical of a national chain
applying minimal standards to every restaurant they open ... [We] are
particularly concerned with the street scene and the outlets from air
conditioning and cooker extraction units ... [We] recommend that if approved
there is a condition attached that prevents storage of wheeled bins in the
Neptune Marina, car park south side of Coprolite Street
"This application appears to be for a hot food take-away, totally
inappropriate and undesirable in this location. Whilst we are sure
responsible boat owners will respect their environment, evidence suggests
others do not, and this type of establishment generates noise, litter and
the scattering of food waste which in turn attracts pests. We accept that
the application is for a quality establishment but the business could
be transferred to other styles of fast food take- away. Approval could set a
precedent for other take-away outlets on the quaysides."
Neptune Marina Ltd, operational car parking on Orwell Quay
"Permission if granted must be on the strict requirement of limited time,
and permission now should not be taken as permission for further
'operational requirements' (the restaurant under construction will, for
example, require extensive car parking).
18 Badgers Bank, felling of sweet chestnut tree
"The Ipswich Society does
not usually comment on tree preservation orders but we could not gather the
rationale for the removal of this fine tree ... [We] recommend refusal."
Henley Road, telecommunications tower and base station
"The mast will be out
of place because of the open aspect ... Masts of this type are better
concealed on existing towers, aerials or tall buildings." [113C has refused
The outcome of previous planning applications
Co-op Bank, Princes Street
alterations and moving ATM (April Newsletter). IBC refused application which
would "seriously detract from the character and appearance of this well
detailed neo-classical building in the central conservation area."
Burton's site, College Street proposed car park (in April Newsletter).
St Nicholas Church, convert into diocesan resource centre. IBC has approved
Burton's site, St Peter's Dock/Foundry Lane, 198 flats, commercial uses and
car parking. IBC approved but no demolition until archaeological work done.
St Helen's Street/Woodbridge Road/Orchard Street, 36 houses and flats. The
Society criticised unimaginative design. IBC refused permission because "the
design is of inappropriate standard for this prominent location adjacent to
a conservation area and Listed buildings."
Mike Cook, the Society's Planning Co-ordinator, and John Norman, our
Vice-Chairman, have agreed to speak about the Society's methods,
achievements, and present and future concerns regarding planning matters.
Since responding to planning applications lies at the heart of the Society's
work for the community, we hope that a good discussion will ensue.