Not many significant planning applications were made to IBC during July
and August, perhaps a reflection of the economic slowdown. But here are
some we commented on:
1 Neptune Quay: demolition of former snooker club adjacent to Salthouse
Harbour Hotel, replacement with a new 6 storey extension to provide 27
additional bedrooms ...
'This proposal is largely supported by the Society .. .it is lower and
without the striking gable. Terraces and waterfronts have been built up
to the attractive state we now like by erecting dissimilar structures,
not by attempting to create a wall of look-alikes. Assuming that it does
not infringe on the inn to the north we support this application.'
1 Cobbold Street: demolition of existing storage and warehouse, erection
of 3 and 2.5 storey block of flats incorporating 9 two-bedroom flats and
3 one-bedroom flats.
'The replacement of a jumble of undistinguished warehouses is
appropriate. However, this is a street of small-scale terrace housing
and really can't take a new development of this size.'
The outcome of previous planning applications:
The Great White Horse - permission granted for internal alterations to
form coffee shop.
73-81 St Matthew's Street, Alexander House - permission granted for
conversion to student accommodation with additional floor, despite our
Elton Park, Hadleigh Road - partly in Ipswich, partly Babergh DC who have
granted outline permission. Planning decision deferred by IBC. (We
supported the application in general.)
SWISS Centre - approved by SCC regardless of our concern about traffic
generated by it.
Gym & Trim, Lower Orwell St. 3-4 storey student accommodation - approved
by IBC, but awaiting agreement on Section 106 negotiations.
Curson Lodge, 45 St Nicholas St, change of use to wine bar - IBC
concerned about rear access, refuse storage, etc. and asked for more
information from applicant.
12 Duke Street, 7 storey office block - we had no objection but the
Environment Agency need to be convinced that workers above the ground
floor can be evacuated in case of more than one metre deep flooding if
once in 200 years!
Cromwell Square, erection of statue commemorating, Prince Obolensky - IBC
We note the actual or potential demise of some of the big 1930s pubs -
The Racecourse, The Haven, The Duke of Gloucester, The Waveney Arms with
their spacious bowling greens. Although understandable commercially,
this is a loss of neighbourhood social centres.
Two big applications came in too late for comment here, but will be
covered in the next Newsletter. They are the' Shed 8' site next to
Neptune Marina on Orwell Quay and an office development in Princes
Street on the corner of Chalon Street.