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Residents' anger at new homes plan

PUBLISHED: 18:44 26 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS have hit out at plans for new homes on the site of Pauls Sport and Social Club on Stone Lodge Lane, in Ipswich.

The development includes 40 houses and 12 flats with garages and the rebuilding of the sports club on a different site a little more than 100 yards from the current site.

RESIDENTS have hit out at plans for new homes on the site of Pauls Sport and Social Club on Stone Lodge Lane, in Ipswich.

The development includes 40 houses and 12 flats with garages and the rebuilding of the sports club on a different site a little more than 100 yards from the current site.

Tony Furner, lives in nearby Belstead Road, and believes the project will take away much needed facilities from the area.

"We have a lovely sports centre with indoor and outdoor facilities and they are proposing to cut this. Most of my neighbours feel the same. They always say there is not enough for children to do and yet they want to get rid of this," he said.

Paul Sagger is on the club committee and is totally against the proposals.

"I disagree completely. All over Ipswich we are losing sports facilities and what will happen to the younger generation who want to get involved with sport. The club is a valuable facility and one we need to keep," he said.

There is also concern that another road is proposed out of the site which will increase traffic in the rush hour.

The proposal includes reducing the number of tennis courts available and building a smaller club house and the loss of the current car park. There would also be the loss of the cricket pitch which would not be replaced.

The issue of affordable housing was also raised and the council propose to include 12 flats and one house as affordable housing.

Members of the borough council's development control committee are due to discuss the scheme when they meet on Wednesday at Civic Centre and are being recommended to approve the plans.

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