Eight buildings added to Ipswich Borough Council Local List

The viaduct in Spring road is protected in the Ipswich Local List.

The viaduct in Spring road is protected in the Ipswich Local List. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Eight buildings in Ipswich have been added to the town’s Local List, offering them more protection from demolition and safeguarding their futures.

The Ipswich Borough Council Local List identifies buildings important to the town’s culture and heritage that are not deemed significant enough for nationally-recognised Listed status.

Those on the list will gain some protection from demolition or aggressive renovations, as planned changes would be a material consideration on planning applications.

Now, the borough council has approved eight new additions to the ever-developing list, including two homes in St John’s Road – of which one features “an unusual three-storey tower with crenelated parapet”.

Three Tudor Bethan-style homes in Kingsfield Avenue, a Victorian farmhouse in Nelson Road, a 20th Century house in Nacton Road and Hatfield Road Congregational Church have also been added to the list.

Carole Jones, borough council portfolio holder for development, said: “Both I and Gail Broom, the conservation officer, are really pleased because we did the consultation on the additions and got back no objections at all.

“It means you have got some protection, and if there’s a planning application you can take into account those features on the Local List, or ask for high-quality renovations.”

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The current list was approved in 2014, and around 10 new additions are considered each year for inclusion.

The consultation also allows amendments and corrections to be made on existing entries.

Ms Jones added: “I think of it as a celebration of what would be ordinary on a national level but is precious on a local level.

“It’s civic pride, it’s learning more about your town and gives you a reason to be proud of it. It gives you something to look out for.

“There are so few landmark buildings, really stunning buildings, and for those to go would be really sad.”

To view the full list or find out how to suggest buildings, visit www.ipswich.gov.uk/services/historic-buildings-and-conservation

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