Homes proposals set to be unveiled

NEW proposals were due to be unveiled today to provide homes on a prime clifftop site in Felixstowe.The project is bound to spark controversy - previous plans for the site in Hamilton Gardens generated nearly 100 letters of objection and the scheme was thrown out by councillors.

NEW proposals were due to be unveiled today to provide homes on a prime clifftop site in Felixstowe.

The project is bound to spark controversy - previous plans for the site in Hamilton Gardens generated nearly 100 letters of objection and the scheme was thrown out by councillors.

Now site owners Landro say they have listened to the views of community leaders and English Heritage, which was concerned at the impact on nearby nationally-important listed former millionaires hotel Harvest House, before drawing up the new plans.

“The new design responds to the site's unique location and now includes two new buildings of a smaller footprint than the previous scheme,” said a Landro Group spokesman.

“The reduced number of apartments ensures that we can provide more generous landscaping. We are also aware that car parking is an issue so we have improved the proposals by including residents' underground parking.”

The plans will be unveiled today at a preview exhibition at Cliff House, Hamilton Gardens, from 6.30pm to 8pm, and then shown to the public between 2pm and 7pm tomorrow and 11am to 4pm on Saturday .

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More than 1,000 residents in the surrounding area have been invited to see the ideas, which include converting office block Cliff House into 12 apartments and putting back its traditional balconies, and building on the car park alongside and demolishing Hamilton House in Cambridge Road to make way for flats.

At the exhibition people will have the chance to give their views so these can be taken into account and alterations made before a planning application is made.

A year ago Suffolk Coastal refused permission for Landro to build two blocks of apartments, even though the company agreed to reduce the number of flats from 62 to 47, and take a storey off each block to make them six-storey and four-storeys high,

The scheme was branded “very dominant and oppressive and visually intrusive” and people in Brownlow Road seriously effected.

Councillors said “two buildings are a no-go” and felt one reasonable-sized one might be acceptable.

Do you think it's time to build on Cliff House car park? Let us know your views of the new plans - write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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