Big idea gets go-ahead

IPSWICH'S skyline could be changed forever as the town's highest building was given the go-ahead today.Plans to build a 23-story tower block as part of a major new development along the Ipswich wet dock area were approved at a planning meeting at Ipswich Borough Council today.

IPSWICH'S skyline could be changed forever as the town's highest building was given the go-ahead today.

Plans to build a 23-story tower block as part of a major new development along the Ipswich wet dock area were approved at a planning meeting at Ipswich Borough Council today.

The plans mean the old Cranfield's Mill with associated garage and lorry park, in College Street, will be turned into flats, affordable housing and a dance studio.

An 80-bedroom hotel, offices, a café, and car parking are all earmarked for the 1.2 hectre site that was purchased by the East of England Development Agency (Eada) in 2000.

The bulk of the existing building will be demolished to make way for 325 flats – a mix of 30 studio apartments, 151 one bedroom apartments, 110 two bedroom apartments and 34 duplex units.

There would also be 3,840 square metres of space on the ground floor for use by Dance East.

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Permission was granted subject to conditions including flood protection measures, noise reduction measures, CCTV, landscaping and paving, and the provision of a children's play area.

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