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Poll: Ipswich could be in line for another betting office as application is sent in to borough council by Coral

12:39 27 March 2014

A Coral shop in Ipswich town centre.

A Coral shop in Ipswich town centre.

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Ipswich could be in line for yet another betting office if a proposal for a premises in Stoke Park Drive is given the go-ahead by borough planners.

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The town already boasts more than 25 bookmakers and the proposed new site would see a current McColls shop, at 55-57 Stoke Park Drive, sub-divided so that a small unit would be created for a betting office.

The application for a change of use from retail to financial and professional services has been submitted by Coral Racing Limited.

Ipswich Borough Council leader, David Ellesmere, said he could not comment on individual planning applications.

But he added: “There have been calls to change planning rules so every change of use to a betting shop requires planning permission, and I would certainly support that.”

The area the company wants to create the new office in already comprises of a large Asda store.

The company has also said that the existing dental surgery, doctor’s surgery and pharmacy will be unaffected by the proposal.

And in the firm’s applications, borough planners have been told: “We suggest the proposal would positively contribute to the vitality and the viability of the centre by enhancing levels of footfall and adding to the mix of uses available to residents.

“The proposal fully complies with national and local adopted policies.”

It is expected that planners will have made a decision on the planning application by at least the beginning of May.

For more information about the application, please visit www.ipswich.gov.uk.

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19 comments

  • Unfortunately, despite all of Cameron's talk about "localism", the council is essentially powerless against big businesses like this. IBC may well refuse planning permission to start with, but Coral know well that they can appeal to the national planning inspectors who are basically biased against local government and will almost always order the council to grant permission. And they'll always force the councils to pay huge amounts of cash in costs as well.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • It's all very nice having these polls but since nothign is done with them and the authorities are not involved they are completely pointless. If you're going to have polls then perhaps you should do something with the results. People probably think that voting on here might have some kind of impact...but it doesn't. As for another betting shop...NO!

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    Chris Church

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • STOOOOOOP!!!!

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    Alexander Emmerson

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • great idea more jobs created. some people just love to moan get a life if u dont like them dont go in them

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    robin

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Rory Breaker: please check your facts. Central Government sets Business Rates; the Council only collects the money and sends it to Westminster who give a bit back (like pocket money!). Government make the planning laws and Government give the Gambling Industry the leeway to make big profits because Government make tax revenue from it. Are you picking up a theme here yet?

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    skrich

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Where, do all the people and more importantly the money come from to support these shops. I thought times were hard.

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    how'd the town do

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Before I press the button - I will bet £10 that over 60% of the people voting will say "no"

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    Citizen

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Waspie's wife...Just whst we need another betting shop. Such originality..we're really hoping to draw class to the town. NOT.

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    waspie

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • The poor and the unemployed are the biggest users of betting shops , they are also the biggest buyers of lottery tickets and scracth cards . Anyway there was always a betting shop in the old Stoke Park Centre so hardly difficult to prove there was and still is a need for one . Good old Ipswich on the UP !

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Sounds like a great idea - it would save them from having to get a taxi into town to spend their dole money.

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    Alice

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • A betting shop just round the corner, beer and bingo just down the road !, this is the 'Tory' idea of 'localism' is it ?

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    freedomf

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Keeps the chavs off the streets I suppose.

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    Tone the moan

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • That'll be nice - yet 1 more outlet for people to squander their money in this town. Just the right spirit to encourage with the economy being what it currently is. Bit like obesity and the endless fast food ops around the town centre.

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    Sarky Sage

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Betting shops add no value to the community whatsoever, quite the reverse. Still, what does it matter? This poor old town's decline has now become terminal. My only consolation is that I'll be dead in about 30 years whereas the younger generation will still have to live here.

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Please be aware this is a shop on an estate rather than in the town centre. Therefore the shop is limited to local usage rather than something that can attract customers from far away. The nearby ASDA is going to make it difficult for any independent retail store to trade in the vicinity.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • i'd like to have seen a coffee shop or a petrol station open in this area. the mccoll's trade has suffered badly since ASDA opened so it was inevitable something would be needed to keep it going even in a diminished capacity.

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    Stewart Lennox

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • It is proven that the largest buyers of lottery tickets scracth cards and users of betting shops are the unemployed and the poor . Sign of the times unfortunately , but also a sign of how poorly Ipswich is doing too if they can afford to open another betting shop.

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • No doubt there will be another on the site of what Memorable Cheeses now that has closed.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • This Labour run borough council need to stop betting shop and charity shops taking over the town. If the borough council had any long term vision they would slash business rates to attract more independent boutique style retail outlets. This would actually bring good hardworking people to the shopping district, instead of street drinkers wanting to waste their dole money. Labour council want to run the town down though. This way, under socialism they can buy themselves votes. Please don't vote them back in Ipswich! We can do better

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    Johnie Redwood

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

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