Future of Ordnance site taking shape

PROPOSALS to demolish and redevelop the site of one of Felixstowe's oldest and best-known hotels are moving forward.Two separate schemes are progressing for The Ordnance Hotel - one of which will see the building bulldozed and replaced with 42 sheltered flats for the elderly, while the other will build homes and flats on another part of the site.

Richard Cornwell

PROPOSALS to demolish and redevelop the site of one of Felixstowe's oldest and best-known hotels are moving forward.

Two separate schemes are progressing for The Ordnance Hotel - one of which will see the building bulldozed and replaced with 42 sheltered flats for the elderly, while the other will build homes and flats on another part of the site.

Along with plans to demolish the old bus station opposite for a new Aldi supermarket, they will give the area a complete multi-million pound makeover and regenerate it with jobs and new residents.


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The scheme for four three-bedroom houses and ten one and two-bed apartments on part of the Ordnance land in Undercliff Road West already has outline planning permission granted five years ago.

Now detailed plans have been submitted to Suffolk Coastal District Council ready for work to start on the project later this year.

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Meanwhile, sheltered homes specialists McCarthy & Stone are finalising their plans to knock down the 120-year-old hotel.

The idea is to replace the 33-bed hotel, bars and 100-seater restaurant at the Ordnance roundabout and use the sloping site for ten two-bed flats and 32 one-bed ones.

The company, which has an option to buy the site if they get planning permission, says 80 per cent of people who move into retirement apartments come from within a three-mile radius - and councillors will be hoping pensioners will be encouraged to move to smaller accommodation, freeing up vital family homes at the resort.

Alan Nudds, developing the project for McCarthy & Stone, said the company hoped to put in a planning application in about a month.

“We held an exhibition at Felixstowe and were pleased at the feedback we received,” he said.

“The main matters of concern came from residents living on the cliff behind the hotel who were worried about the stability of the cliff and we understand that there have been similar concerns over other developments along the road.

“However, our plan is to put in more retaining walls as part of the development which would improve the situation, and a full survey will be carried out to accompany the application.”

Will you be sad to see the Ordnance go? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

Did you know?

The Ordnance takes its name from army quarters and stables that previously occupied the site and provided the men for a seafront gun emplacement further along the road?

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