December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Developers of a multi-million pound clifftop homes project for older people at Felixstowe are to be asked for a contribution of £200,000 towards affordable homes elsewhere in the town.
Leading retirement house builder McCarthy & Stone has submitted proposals for 46 high-quality Later Living apartments on a site at the corner of Cambridge Road and Hamilton Gardens.
The project would see the demolition of Hamilton House and redevopment of its site and the neighbouring car park.
Suffolk Coastal councillors are being recommended to approve the project, providing the company signs legal agreements agreeing to handover the cash for social housing.
Felixstowe Town Council though has objected because it fears the scheme could affect the setting of two iconic and important Edwardian buildings, the former hotels Harvest House and Cliff House either side of the proposed scheme.
It says these properties are “striking and iconic” and “at the core of the Edwardian vista of the resort”.
It feels the contemporary design eight-storey high two-building linked complex would still be too high, although it is lower than the approved plans for luxury apartments on the site.
Conservation group The Felixstowe Society have also objected, and 16 letters from residents have been received by the district council with objections including loss of light, worries over stability of the cliffs, and the design being out of keeping with the conservation area.
In a report, case officer Liz Beighton said: “A bold, imaginative and unashamedly contemporary design is proposed for this new development, which is clearly intended to be of the very highest quality.
“The proposed development would meet an identified need for high quality retirement accommodation in a sustainable location.
“The proposal would also make a significant contribution to meeting the council’s five year land supply requirement and would do so on a brownfield site.”
She accepts the development will affect the setting of Harvest House, but it will be set back from the street line and English Heritage had not objected.
Investigations had concluded that the development will have no adverse effect on the stability of the cliff face.