Ipswich: First glimpse at blueprint for �30million Cliff Quay

A PROPERTY developer will today be wading through feedback from Ipswich residents following an exhibition of its bold �30million regeneration proposals for Cliff Quay.

An exhibition was held at the Brewery Tap pub on the Waterfront yesterday, where more than 100 residents and major stakeholders were given a first glimpse at Bury St Edmunds-based developer Pigeon’s plans for the scheme.

Clive Thompson, a consultant with the firm, said the aim of the event was to garner the opinion of community bodies, neighbouring landowners and residents.

“This is a work in progress leading to a formal application to redevelop this part of the Waterfront.

“And this development will bring visitors and jobs to the town, as well as being a significant step forward in the regeneration of the dock area,” he said.

The scheme is intended to restore and preserve the prominent local landmark that is the former Tolly Cobbold brewery and bring the area back to use.

The plans also include a hotel, a health and fitness club, a medium-sized supermarket, a visitor centre, shop units, a micro brewery, and 48 residential flats.

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The developers estimate that about 400 new jobs could be created through the redevelopment

The new flats are a concern for Malcolm and Sheila Osborne, of nearby Oulton Road, who viewed the detailed plans at the exhibition yesterday.

“They say there is a need (for apartments), but there are loads of empty apartments already here,” said Mr Osborne.

“I think affordable apartments, rather than semi-luxury ones would be a better idea.”

Sharon and Steve Mallett, residents of the Rivers estate for 27 years, welcome development of the area but raised doubts over the need for another supermarket.

“It would be very convenient for people in the estate, but the area is becoming saturated with them,” Mrs Mallett said.

“As long as they leave The Brewery Tap alone and add some more shops, I’m happy,” Mr Mallett added.

The brewery closed in 2002, ending 256 years of brewing at the site.

To see our previous stories on the proposals, click the link at the top right hand corner of this article.

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