Railway station, Burrell Road: construction of footbridge and lifts
linking platform 2 with platforms 3 & 4.
'Whilst we support a second footbridge with good access for the disabled
we are unhappy with some of the design details. We like the strong
vertical concrete pillars of support at either end of the bridge.
However we would like to see better screening beneath the stairs. The
stairs are understandably in three separate flights whereas the roof is
one continuous line. This is inharmonious with the surrounding good
(IBC has refused permission because design does not fit with the
1 Neptune Quay: demolition of snooker club and erection of new 8 storey
extension to Salthouse Harbour Hotel increasing number of bedrooms from
43 to 72.
'The Society has considered this attractive application. We fully
support the demolition of the snooker club and its replacement... We do
like the facade and its detailing, the retention of a pedestrian
thoroughfare to Fore Street and the proposed use of the ground floor.
However we are strongly opposed to its height. Whilst we support the
continuation of the rhythmic gables which are now an established part of
the architectural language of the north side of the Waterfront, we are
sure it would be better for the peak to be lower than the peak of the
buildings on either side, the hotel and the Neptune Quay apartments,
rather than higher as proposed. This is an absolutely key site; would
it not be sensible to ask the opinion of English Heritage and CABE
before making a decision. We are also concerned that the bulk of the
buildings will deprive the Neptune Inn of light and privacy. Until
revised proposals are put forward we would suggest refusal.'
(IBC has refused permission.)
Unitarian Meeting House: erection of single storey extension to meeting
'We understand the necessity of finding disabled access facilities
available at all times for the meeting house but we do not feel it
necessary to build an extension. It ought to be possible to rearrange
the current interior to provide adequate space. We would like to see
more discussion with the Officers before the current application is
'Island Site', Duke Street: demolition of commercial buildings and
erection of building (8 floors) for student accommodation and commercial
'The suggested use of this site is entirely appropriate.'
(IBC has approved with four conditions.)
Reservoir site, Park Road: demolition of existing reservoirs and
erection of 6 dwellings and refurbishment of No 3 Park Road.
'We congratulate the architects and developers for designing this
attractive scheme which will utilise a brownfield site, set in an
important architectural road in such a way that only the upper storeys
will be seen by passers-by... This will be an expensive site to develop
and in the present climate there will be a temptation to water down the
attractive details of the construction. Assuming permission is granted,
it will be important to ensure through conditions that it is built
absolutely according to the plans produced.'
(IBC approved with minor conditions.)
36 Warrington Road, severance of rear garden, demolition of garage and
side extension: erection of detached 2 storey dwelling and new garage
for No 36.
'The design of the new house is attractive, well thought out and highly
sustainable... The utilisation of back gardens for housing, particularly
close to the town centre, is very tempting when there is pressure to
find extra windfall plots in the town. However we feel that this plot
is too small for such development... The Society feels that this
application should be refused because it is overdevelopment on a
backland site and would alter the Park Conservation Area for the
(IBC refused planning permission.)
53-55 Westerfield Road: demolition of 2-apartment building and creation
of 6 apartments.
The Society objected because of size, design, overdevelopment, etc.
Elton Park Works, Hadleigh Road, site of Manganese Bronze and Geest
offices: an outline planning application for 120 residential units, 70
bed care home, business offices, etc.
The site is partly in Babergh but rather more than half in Ipswich.
There would be several problems facing the developers, but the Society
supports the application at this early stage.
The outcome of previous applications which we commented on:
85-87 Fore Street (next to the Lord Nelson): student accommodation.
We supported it and IBC approved.
19 Neptune Quay, revised landscaping of UCS courtyard.
19 Neptune Quay, revised landscaping of UCS courtyard. We opposed; now