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New flats for factory site

PUBLISHED: 18:11 19 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:22 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS of an Ipswich street have given a mixed reaction to plans to turn a former clothes factory into retirement apartments.

The council is considering an application to turn the site of the former Lambourne Clothing factory on the corner of Christchurch Street and Cobbold Street into 53 retirement flats and 13 private apartments.

RESIDENTS of an Ipswich street have given a mixed reaction to plans to turn a former clothes factory into retirement apartments.

The council is considering an application to turn the site of the former Lambourne Clothing factory on the corner of Christchurch Street and Cobbold Street into 53 retirement flats and 13 private apartments.

Although nobody living close-by appears to be against the proposals, there is growing concern regarding the design of the building and the increased congestion that will result.

Residents say Christchurch Street and Cobbold Street are flooded with cars at the best of times and believe the council has not made enough parking provision to cater for the increased parking needs.

John Brown, of Christchurch Street, said: "There is no question that the site needs developing and I do not have a problem with flats replacing the factory. I think it is a good thing.

"My objection is of the number of flats they are trying to squeeze in and the lack of provision for parking. It's hard enough to park around here as it is.

Mr Brown, who lives opposite the proposed site, also expressed his disappointed into the architectural design of the flats.

"It's a very poor, poverty stricken design. I have seen the drawings and they are very dull and penny-pinching.

"We are very proud of the Victorian buildings around here and I don't understand why the design couldn't have been more exciting and one that represents today."

His wife, Sonia, added: "It would be nice to have a decent building which would give the street a lift."

The proposed site is immediately adjacent to the Christchurch Street conservation area and is opposite a Grade II listed building

Maggie Fisher, who lives opposite the factory, said: "I have only been living here five weeks but it wouldn't have stopped me moving in.

"It's not going to be nice while the factory is converted but all I hope is that it is completed as quickly as possible and that the noise and mess isn't too much."

Members of the borough council's development control committee are meeting tomorrow to discuss the project.

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