Plans to convert the old Ipswich register's office have raised concerns over parking.

The plans were sent to Ipswich Borough Council to turn the former register's office into a school for 22 pupils who require additional learning needs.

However, Suffolk Highways has placed a holding objection due to a lack of space for vehicles to turn and parking spaces present at the property. 

They say that as the plans stand there are only two parking spaces at the property, which is not by their guidance. 

However, with public transportation links nearby, this factor can be overlooked. 

They also added that the disabled parking spaces should be in accordance with their guidance. 

The plans by applicant Catch22 include provisions for mesh security fencing to be installed around the property, however, the highways team believes that this would make it harder for vehicles to turn. 

They recommend that swept paths be built so that staff and students can get in and out of their cars without disturbing the traffic on the road. 

Suffolk Highways also believes that it is unclear why how refuse, servicing and delivery vehicles will access the site for loading and unloading purposes without obstructing the highway. 

They said: "Until the above concerns have been addressed, a holding objection to the proposal will be maintained."

Catch22 had submitted these plans to the borough council in April with their agents Planning Direct.

The applicant is an Ofsted-regulated charity that focuses on working with local authorities to deliver public services such as employment, education and health. 

The school will focus on providing education to students from ages five to 11 who may struggle with anxiety, low self-esteem, or have learning difficulties such as ASD, Asperger’s, ADHD or attachment disorders.

The borough council had planned for a decision by the end of May, but this may be delayed due to Suffolk Highway's holding objections.