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Concern as new homes approved

PUBLISHED: 05:11 02 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

A NEW housing development in Ipswich has been given the green light to the disappointment of residents living near by.

It had been feared that the scheme to build 40 houses and 12 flats with garages on the site of Paul's Sports and Social Club in Stone Lodge Lane would take away much needed facilities from the area.

A NEW housing development in Ipswich has been given the green light to the disappointment of residents living near by.

It had been feared that the scheme to build 40 houses and 12 flats with garages on the site of Paul's Sports and Social Club in Stone Lodge Lane would take away much needed facilities from the area.

However, Ipswich Borough Council approved the application when it came before its Development Control Committee and granted permission for the development to go ahead.

One resident, living opposite the site which will be transformed, said: "I think it's a shame that they have got some lungs in this area and they are going to use half of it to build houses."

The new scheme will see the current sports club demolished and rebuilt a few yards from its current position but residents believe that they will now lose some of the facilities designed for children and that the new homes may see an increase in traffic.

The development includes reducing the number of tennis courts, a smaller clubhouse and the loss of the car park and cricket pitch.

Mother June Archer, who has lived in Stone Lodge Lane for a couple of months but previously lived off Belstead Road on the other side of the Sports and Social Club, said: "I would prefer it to stay as it is.

"We use the club and because I've got young children it's nice to take them over and have a kick around with a football.

"We would prefer this not to go ahead.

"One thing of concern is the possibility of more traffic," she added although she believed the new entrance to the development would be on the Belstead Road side and would not effect them so much.

The scheme's developer, David Wilson Homes, has tried to allay fears that facilities will not be affected.

Richard Kennedy, from the company, said: "The proposals before the council ensure that high-quality sporting facilities will continue to be available to residents on this site while going a long way to addressing some of the problems – such as late-night disturbances – 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."


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