The Crown pub in Felixstowe Road saved from demolition with housing proposal
10:54 22 January 2016
The former Crown pub in Felixstowe Road has been saved from the threat of demolition after planning permission was granted to turn the existing building into new homes.
The Ipswich Borough Council planning committee last week approved plans which will see the pub building remain but turned into three houses, with five new bungalows built into the Garrods Pond pit area behind the house.
The news has been welcomed by planners, after a previous application had planned to knock down the pub, which has remained empty since 2011.
Carole Jones, portfolio holder for planning at Ipswich Borough Council said: “We are really delighted – it’s a striking, really beautiful building.
“An original application a few years back was to demolish it and put modern detached houses in, but we were able to have a discussion with the developers about the importance of the building.”
The pub, formerly known as The Haven, was built in the 1930s, and is one of a series of ‘Tolly Folly’ buildings which councillors have tried to protect with the Local List.
Ms Jones said: “We had a number in Ipswich and in the past we tried to get them all listed, but the national listing wouldn’t take them.
“If you have a local list it doesn’t stop people demolishing them, but it is as much protection as we can give on a local list.”
The proposed development has also been hailed for providing bungalows for older residents who struggle for mobility, and some distinguishing features of the historic building will also remain.
Ms Jones added: “One is a clock tower that is staying and will be in someone’s garden and be refurbished.
“There is also a loggia which are decorative arches that are really beautiful and will be staying.”
No indication has been given on when work will begin.
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