Public see proposed new flats

NEW proposals for a £15million clifftop homes development at Felixstowe have been unveiled.Landro Group has resubmitted its scheme for 55 flats in Hamilton Gardens following feedback from a public exhibition.

NEW proposals for a £15million clifftop homes development at Felixstowe have been unveiled.

Landro Group has resubmitted its scheme for 55 flats in Hamilton Gardens following feedback from a public exhibition.

Residents were able to see the updated plans at a special exhibition at Cliff House - including a model of the project.

Suffolk Coastal councillors have seen the new drawings but have decided to make a site visit before deciding whether to grant planning permission.

The new plan proposes converting Cliff House, a former Edwardian hotel but more recently used as offices, into 18 luxury apartments.

Two more complementing blocks with 37 flats will be built on the car park alongside - which a century ago was tennis courts for the hotel - and the site of Hamilton House, Cambridge Road, which would be demolished.

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Car parking will be underground, which Hadleigh-based consulting engineers Richard Jackson plc says should overcome concerns about the cliffs because it will “actually have the effect of improving the overall stability of the slope”.

Some 48 of the 55 flats would be two-bed homes.

Ian Osborne, of Landro, said 120 people had attended the previous exhibition with the majority in favour of the proposals, though some people did raise concerns.

The main issue was the underground car parking and stability of the cliffs, but also whether the water and drainage system could cope with the development.

“We are pleased to confirm that Anglian Water have reported that the local system can support the scheme,” he said.

Conversion of Cliff House will include putting back the balconies removed when wrought iron was needed for the war effort and the developers say the project is “a fantastic opportunity to make this area of Felixstowe really special”.

Cliff House is rarely half-used as office space and is no longer viable for business use.

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