A14 eyesore could grow taller

RESIDENTS in Bramford are outraged today after discovering the empty “eyesore” which has loomed above them for ten years may soon be even taller.

RESIDENTS in Bramford are outraged today after discovering the empty “eyesore” which has loomed above them for ten years may soon be even taller.

Villagers have protested against Landmark House, the controversial former Agilent communications firm building which overlooks the A14 from Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, since it was originally built in the late 1990s.

They opposed it being lit up at night and now they are up in arms again about a planning application to add 3.7 metres to the “monstrosity”.

Last year the villagers fought the same battle but proposals to build another storey were halted after they organised a petition.

Mary Hughes, 71, of Chapel Field, Bramford, said: “When the letter came through my door saying there was a new planning application I couldn't believe it - haven't we been through enough?

“It's more or less the same letter we got last year.

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“And last year when it was said they wouldn't be adding to it I was relieved, everyone was, because I thought that would mean it wouldn't be added to.

“But now it just feels like they're making fun of us. It is already a monstrosity and an eyesore.

“And I have a horrid feeling that if they build this extra storey it won't stop at that.”

Mike Smith, Ipswich Borough Council's head of planning, said the new application was very similar to the one submitted last year.

He said: “The applicants have produced some more supporting documents and have done some further research, but we don't expect the opposition to be any less than it has been in the past.”

Are you upset by the new plans? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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