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Some large scale housing developments currently in planning. All of which is not part of Ipswich's housing quota, but rather Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal relying on Ipswich's infrastructure. I'l write a detailed post about the predicament Ipswich is in soon.



Wolsey Grange, phase 1, under construction.

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/can-ipswich-cope-with-thousands-of-edge-of-town-homes-including-ipswich-garden-suburb-and-adastral-park-1-4978975

Adastral Park, currently in planning. The proposals include a traffic light T-Junction on the A12, and possible 40 mph speed restrictions, effectively making that stretch of the A12 no more than a feeder road.

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/see-first-images-of-what-2-000-homes-at-adastral-park-in-martlesham-heath-could-look-like-1-5041044

Henley Gate, in planning. A new garden suburb.

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/timetable-to-be-set-for-community-facilities-at-ipswich-northern-fringe-1-4904047

A new 2700 home is currently in the proposal stage. Orwell Green Garden Village to the east of Ipswich, adjacent to the A12/14 junction.

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/gladman-garden-village-plans-near-ipswich-1-6088280

So that is around 9000 homes in planning. None count for Ipswich's own housing quota. Since the 2008 crash, the town has become a dumping ground for surrounding authorities to 'dump' their housing while investing very little into infrastructure.
 

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Orwell Green Garden Village

East Suffolk Council - REF - DC/19/1988/OUT

A new 'garden village' to the east of Ipswich, on A14 junction 58. An outline application has been received. The 355-acre site could become home to around 5,000-7,000 people if plans go through.

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The development would see the following.

● 2,700 homes - one third of them affordable housing;

● 23,800sq m Neighbourhood Centre featuring a variety of employment uses plus a market square, including retail, a medical centre/pharmacy, community hall/pavilion, nursery/crèche facility, and a pub;

● land set aside for two primary schools;

● parking and a café;

● a village green (including a cricket pitch and bowling green);

● new sports pitches, clubhouse, changing facilities, parking, tennis courts;

● 70 apartments with care provision;

● community park;

● playparks;

● improvements to Felixstowe Road (including new pedestrian/cycle footways);

● two mini roundabouts along Bucklesham Road;

● community orchard, allotments, footpaths and cycling routes.
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Brightwell Lakes (Adastral Park) Approved

East Suffolk Council - Ref - DC/17/1435/OUT

Planning permission has been approved for the construction of a new housing development to the east of Ipswich, adjacent to Adastral Park.

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The Broomhill Pool, Ipswich, is Save Britain's Heritage
Building of the Month July 2019. I really hope that this pool and buildings are one day brought back to their former glory.

https://www.savebritainsheritage.or...8CezgAwLagk15zVBGhecULTgBas3UqwGGJfiC4wj7dyzk

Images: Courtesy of Save Broomhill Pool

The Broomhill Lido was built in 1938 by the Ipswich Borough Surveyor's Department. The carefully designed complex, all in concrete, is a finely detailed example of the Moderne style.

The site comprises a large swimming pool, with a smaller children's pool alongside, and terraces for sunbathing. The original changing cubicles, diving platforms and a 700-seat grandstand survive. It was listed Grade II in 2001 and is now one of 17 listed lidos in England.

Following its closure in 2002, the pool was threatened with demolition having been deemed unfit for purpose. The council voted to infill the pool with sand and gravel but did not have listed building consent to carry out this work. The Broomhill Pool Trust was formed to campaign to protect the site and develop a plan to bring it back into use. They have worked with the Council and have found a not-for-profit partner to manage and run the Lido as a commercial venture, Fusion-Lifestyle.

In June 2019 it was announced that funding was in place. Fusion Lifestyle have raised £5m (£3.5m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and £1.5m from Ipswich Borough Council) and will contribute £2m themselves. Ipswich Borough Council had earlier increased their funding by £500,000 to avoid the scheme being derailed by an increase in costs which arose due to inflation. The scheme has planning permission and listed building consent and detailed plans are about to be drawn up by KLH Architects.

The site will be open for Heritage Open Days on 14th and 15th of September 2019 - see the Save Broomhill Pool website for further details:http://www.savebroomhillpool.org. It is intended that the pool will reopen in 2021 almost 20 years after it closed.

SAVE applauds the determination of the Trust and its partners and wishes them the best of luck in their continued efforts.

Other Lidos on SAVE's Buildings at Risk register include the success stories of King's Meadow Swimming Baths in Reading and the Tinside Lido in Plymouth. Other pools still needing help on our register are the Lido and Cliftonville Baths in Margate and Cleveland Bath in Bath. The latter is a Georgian bathing pool which has a well-organised team behind a scheme to restore it and they are in the process of putting funding in place see www.clevelandpools.org.uk. Sadly, the fomer still needs a group to take it on and come up with a proposal to bring it back into use. Not on our register, but of great interest and in fundraising mode, is Grange Lido in Cumbria where a local group is seeking to bring it back into use as a pool rather than see it filled in with offices being created in the pool buildings. See the Save Grange Lido website for more details: https://www.savegrangelido.co.uk/
 

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Revealed - First look at £25m plans for new Ipswich Hospital A&E

Architect's impression of the new Ipswich Hospital A&E building Picture: KLH ARCHITECTS
Health bosses have spelled out their vision to pump nearly £25million into a new A&E and urgent care department at Ipswich Hospital.
Nick Hulme, chief executive of the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), said the organisation is using a £69.3million grant from the government to make the "single largest investment" they have ever made in both of its major hospitals, Ipswich and Colchester.

It follows the busiest ever day at Ipswich Hospital yesterday, with 321 people passing through the department due to summer demand.

The news comes a year on from the merger of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals to form ESNEFT.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a significant investment in the health and wellbeing of people in our area," Mr Hulme said.

The first stage is to build an 'urgent treatment centre' and new A&E department at Ipswich Hospital, using a £24.8million slice of the cash.

What are they planning to build at Ipswich, and what's the timescale?

A planning application is going in for a new A&E and urgent treatment centre building on August 8 - and if it's given the green light, it will move back to where A&E was originally, where the fracture clinic is now.

It will be a two-storey building and house new CT and MRI scanners.

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/...noa33PNR6g8bYG1eVExzEMiWRQsYYS1E4IkwLh--RbHsM
 

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New retail park in Ipswich gets go ahead



Plans to revamp a former dairy factory into new retail and leisure facilities have been given the green light - and could create up to 170 jobs.

The East of England Co-op submitted a bid to carve up its existing distribution warehouse at Boss Hall Business Park into three units - two commercial and one leisure unit.

The land occupied by the former Dairy Crest factory, which has already been knocked down after being empty since 2012, will then be developed for retail stores and a gym.

The plans had been delayed over concerns that the warehouse had not been marketed as a single facility, but agents Boyer submitted evidence that there was not demand for one unit there.

Further work on designs will now get under way and be presented for approval in the next six to 12 months.

Read more: https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/..._sptSbIVU3jB_ggu-p4_oJcWzbxt22hPKvkxaNj83vLzc
 

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PARTRIDGES, HADLEIGH

An interesting proposal to rejuvenate Hadleigh town centre.


East Anglian Daily Times article



Architect:
The proposals had been amended to address comments received during the previous consultation, held on 19th July 2018, together with input from continued discussions with Babergh District Council and Suffolk County Council.

On Friday 5th July 2019 at Hadleigh Town Hall we held a public exhibition to view the proposals for Partridges.

The event was well attended by many local residents and stakeholders. The comments made / left on the day are currently being considered, and relevant changes will be incorporated into the scheme design. It is anticipated that a formal planning submission will be made in the coming months.

https://www.wkparchitects.co.uk/2019/07/partridges-hadleigh/










 

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Does Ipswich deserve to be named the region's greenest town?

Ipswich Borough Council has been named the greenest authority in the east of England, according to government statistics.

By measuring the carbon dioxide emissions of domestic, commercial and industrial properties across the borough, research shows the authority produces 3.02 tonnes of the greenhouse gas per capita every year.

That sees the county town ranked as the 23rd lowest producer of CO2 per capita in the UK - ranking 53 places higher than Norwich and a staggering 126 places higher than Colchester.

The news comes as Ipswich Borough Council became one of many local authorities in the country to declare a climate emergency, with Suffolk County Council having made the move in March this year.
https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/...t-strategy-and-extinction-rebellion-1-6203987
 

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This looks decent, though I'm sceptical. This must be the 4th or 5th design in 5 years for this small site on the large Westgate site. This area has remained a temporary car park ever since the Civic centre was demolished over a decade ago, for the Westgate Shopping Centre that never materialised.

Concrete wilderness to be transformed into gold-roofed arts pavilion



An artist's impression of the new community arts pavilion outside the New Wolsey Theatre on Civic Drive Picture: WG+P ARCHITECTS

Ipswich is set to enjoy a major boost to its new arts and leisure economy thanks to an extensive re-development of the New Wolsey Theatre site on Civic Drive.

A new theatre performance and rehearsal space and pavilion is due to be constructed as part of a wider mixed-use development to revive the Westgate area of Ipswich. The 35,000 sqm site has been incorporated as part of Ipswich Borough Council's development plan.

The new pavilion will be situated on the area adjacent to the spiral car park which sits in front of the theatre and will become home to the theatre's growing community engagement and creative learning programme.

The New Wolsey Theatre itself will remain unchanged but a separate programme of works is being investigated with the aim of reconfiguring the foyer and expanding catering facilties.

It will also serve as a rehearsal space for the theatre and offer a home to the growing number of youth companies. The space has been ergonomically designed to encourage collaborative working and provide a Tech Hub for developing digital skills in arts practise for people in Ipswich and Suffolk. The team also worked alongside the theatre in order to ensure that the building design incorporates a Changing Places facility, in addition to accessible toilets, to provide facilities for those visiting the town with complex needs.

This development has been designed by WG+P Architects (Waind Gohil + Potter) and it will become the North West gateway to Ipswich town centre.

WG+P's design for the new pavilion utilises a pre-fabricated timber structure developed with structural engineers Price & Myers and incorporates a striking concertinaed gold coloured metal roof. The landscape design includes new planting, lighting, projections and street furniture.

Phil Waind, director with WG+P said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to create something delightful within the space and for all who visit Ipswich. The Willis Building, being one of our favourites, is a short distance away and we wanted a design that aspires and uses construction methods relevant to today. The new public space and building will fundamentally support The New Wolsey Theatre and allow them to maintain and enhance their status as a cultural landmark in the heart of Ipswich."

Sarah Holmes, chief executive at the New Wolsey Theatre, is delighted that the development has been given the go-ahead and said that the pavilion will provide a valuable focus to the expanding range of work carried out by the theatre.

Read more: https://www.eadt.co.uk/what-s-on/ne...UXlYZbial3xgF3qyyZQSznRpXRbOScziOxVWltlWxCQWU
 

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Ipswich Buttermarket Centre getting new entrance beside Superdry


One of the entrances to Ipswich's Buttermarket Centre could get a major facelift to emphasise two of its most significant stores.



The centre's managers have applied to the borough to make major changes to the Butter Market street entrance, opposite Waterstone's bookshop.

The changes would see a new security shutter installed to seal off the entrance when the centre is closed - but also new paving which will dramatically change the look for people going into it by New Look and Superdry.

And the illustrations showing the new entrance has no place for the now tired-looking Buttermarket Centre sign opposite Waterstones.

Plans for a new entrance at this end of the centre have already been approved by borough planners - but the new paving and security shutters are different to those proposals so a second application has had to be made for the amended scheme.



The new entrance would balance out the dramatic changes made to the Arras Square entrance to the centre when it was changed radically three years ago.

Read more: https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/new-ent...0u9ECsA3CKH3CmY3S0JPLObHeSsPuUvyFDvx2AOZc5Fno
 

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Hi all.

Gecko/Waterfront Gateway

I am very sceptical about the proposed Gecko arts hub. The council has submitted a hybrid planning application - outline for the Burtons building, and full for the warehouse next to it. The former seems to be an unrelated development rushed together to give the 'Gecko space' legs... there is no money allocated for this project. The LEP turned down Gecko funding and they are currently applying for Arts Council funding. This planning application might just be to help unlock that funding without any go ahead for the Burtons building.

I am surprised if the Westgate Centre plans collapsed why focus isn't on putting Gecko into the town near the Wolsey Theatre to create a cultural quarter. Many seem to forget that Dance East is only a tiny part of the overall tall residential building... and even smaller when you exclude Dance Eats from it. A new venue could hold both Dance East and Gecko, the existing Dance East site could easily become a gym, small hotel or restaurant... or just residential conversion.

Plans have since changed, they want to add extra stories to the Burtons warehouse. 14 flats - 10 are 2 bedroom and 4 are studio. Ground floor and basement A3/A5 despite other such units in the area being empty. First and second floors to be office space for ICT businesses (slightly different industry to performing arts lol, very little overlap) of a combined 8250 sqft. This is quite large but it is only a matter of time before it is exceeded. To put this into perspective the better located third office block on the site of a car garage in Princes Street is about 50,000sqft! The brick warehouse to the east D1 & D2.

The biggest disappointment is the mandatory two sets of steps (a ramp exists as an alternative around the side of the proposals) on a modern development, seems this council won't learn from the Cornhill fiasco. I think the council will struggle to finance this project on the flats alone... I think they know the office space (I think a knee jerk reaction to losing the Channel 4 bid) and restaurant would have to be peppercorn rent or rent free incentives.

Tourist attraction/welcome centre? Transport links?

It is good the council has thought of some ideas, but even today, there isn't a single tourist attraction on the waterfront and the exact same site was earmarked for a welcome centre... that idea has completely gone out of the window and been forgotten about.

There is still no Rail Station to Waterfront bus link (they tried with town centre to waterfront but wasn't successful) not even on a seasonal basis. So apart from residential, I don't quite understand the obsession still with building at the waterfront. The Hold records office could have also been better located closer to better transport links and car parking! Would have been nice for a new development incorporating both the county records office and Ipswich Museum into a single building.

Theatre Square

As for the gold roof NWT annex... (was supposed to be a restaurant at first) it isn't going to look good when it isn't maintained properly. Ipswich has a really great arts scene but The Regent and Wolsey Theatre are aged not fit for purpose, and the Corn Exchange being used for music gigs isn't suitable either. The only solution is to build new. Moving into the other form of Arts, we don't have a proper art gallery in a good location (just the arts school and Wolsey Art Gallery bolt on to the mansion which isn't big enough) so that could be part of the development. A shuttle bus from the rail station to Civic Drive loop would be much better than the odd sporadic nature of the current venues.

Ambition?

The lack of ambition is deeply worrying in the town when it comes to non-residential town centre developments. Singular concepts of a new arts hub, expanding the theatre and so forth are all sound. I think it is important to build for the future... and with thousands of new homes proposed in the area, you have to be optimistic that building on a growing arts scene in the county town is only going to attract people in... including artistic talent! Gecko are being promoted as "world class" yet the most random abstract warehouse has been selected as a new base to present that performing arts talent... hmm... maybe it is just for the wine rack residents.
 

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Hi IP1. Welcome to the forum. You don't sound like you have much faith in Ipswich Borough Council though. Mind you, up and down the country, people blame their local authorities. It's not peculiar to East Anglia.
 
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