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Builder defends homes at club

PUBLISHED: 10:45 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

THE developer of a proposed residential scheme in Ipswich has responded to criticisms that the project will take facilities away from the area.

Richard Kennedy of David Wilson Homes said that high quality sporting facilities will continue to be available if the scheme to build new homes on the site of Pauls Sport and Social Club on Stone Lodge Lane gets the go-ahead.

THE developer of a proposed residential scheme in Ipswich has responded to criticisms that the project will take facilities away from the area.

Richard Kennedy of David Wilson Homes said that high quality sporting facilities will continue to be available if the scheme to build new homes on the site of Pauls Sport and Social Club on Stone Lodge Lane gets the go-ahead.

Mr Kennedy of the Witham-based company was speaking out after concerns were voiced over the proposed development which includes 40 houses and 12 flats with garages. It would also involve rebuilding of the sports club on a different site a little more than 100 yards from its current site.

Residents had complained that if the plan was approved facilities for children would be affected. There was also concerns that the need for another road would increase traffic to the area.

But Mr Kennedy told The Evening Star today: "We have worked with the various sports clubs using the facilities at Stone Lodge Lane and consulted with the local authorities and with the Sports Council.

"They have all been consulted by the borough council with regard to the planning application and offered support or no objection.

"The proposals before the council ensure that high-quality sporting facilities will continue to be available to local residents on this site while going a long way to addressing some of the problems – such as late-night disturbance – associated with the existing facilities.

"All the sports clubs will continue to operate either on site or, in the case of the cricket pitches, through joint use of facilities with St Joseph's College," he added.

Ipswich Borough Council is expected to approve the plan when it comes before the development control committee today.

Tony Furner, who lives in nearby Belstead Road, said he believed the project will take away much needed facilities from the area.

"We have a lovely sports centre with indoor and outdoor facilities and they are proposing to cut this. Most of my neighbours feel the same. They always say there is not enough for children to do and yet they want to get rid of this," he said.

Paul Sagger is on the club committee and is totally against the proposals.

"I disagree completely. All over Ipswich we are losing sports facilities and what will happen to the younger generation who want to get involved with sport. The club is a valuable facility and one we need to keep," he said.

There is also concern that another road is proposed out of the site which will increase traffic in the rush hour.

The proposal includes reducing the number of tennis courts available and building a smaller club house and the loss of the current car park. There would also be the loss of the cricket pitch which would not be replaced.

The issue of affordable housing was also raised and the council propose to include 12 flats and one house as affordable housing.

Members of the borough council's development control committee are due to discuss the scheme when they meet on Wednesday at Civic Centre and are being recommended to approve the plans.

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