The Society was saddened to learn of the death of John Hansen, one of
our founder members. Although always sympathetic to the aims and work
of the Society, his active participation would have been difficult in
his profession because he was Chief Planning Officer for East Suffolk.
Clifford Smith, former Chief Executive of the County and a friend for
over fifty years, paid tribute to John's integrity, flair and
knowledge. He estimated that John had overseen 30,000 planning
applications in his career, including the responsibilities involved in
the huge implications of Sizewell power station, Felixstowe Dock
expansion and BT at Martlesham, as well as helping to preserve the
heritage of Wood bridge and Framlingham. John was a dedicated sailor
but he loved living in Ipswich, being amongst people in the town.
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