Eyesore shops to be replaced by houses

THREE "eyesore" shop buildings in Clapgate Lane are to be redeveloped into houses.The move has been seen as a boost for south east Ipswich as the unsightly boarded-up shops will be replaced with three-bedroom houses.

THREE "eyesore" shop buildings in Clapgate Lane are to be redeveloped into houses.

The move has been seen as a boost for south east Ipswich as the unsightly boarded-up shops will be replaced with three-bedroom houses.

The existing newsagent on the junction of Clapgate Lane and Mildmay Road will still be used but the three derelict shops to the west will be converted.

John Mowles, borough councillor for Gainsborough, today welcomed the decision to grant planning permission for the work.


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He said: "Work will start within a few months and it will certainly smarten up that part of Clapgate Lane.

"It was clear that the shops could not be revitalised and it has been a bit of an eyesore for sometime.

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"If it is possible to keep shops, then they are the first things that we try to retain but that did not prove viable.

"I think people will be pleased and it is important to improve the appearance of the area.

"It will make a big difference and it is something that residents have been concerned about for some while."

The existing shop fronts will be removed and the new houses will have a private garden area and parking space.

A council report that recommended the proposal, said: "There are much better shopping facilities available within easy walking distance at Reynolds Road and the junction of Clapgate Lane and Landseer Road.

"The scheme will significantly improve the appearance of this prominent site.

"Loss of shops would not normally be encouraged but, in this case, the three shop units have been vacant for some considerable time and are in a poor state of repair."

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