Residents' anger over new homes scheme

NOT in our back-yard.That's the opinion of Ipswich residents living near a former public house set to be turned into homes.Homeowners living near Churchill's on Bramford Road voiced their concerns about the future of the building, which has lain empty for some time.

NOT in our back-yard.

That's the opinion of Ipswich residents living near a former public house set to be turned into homes.

Homeowners living near Churchill's on Bramford Road voiced their concerns about the future of the building, which has lain empty for some time.

They spoke out after Ipswich Council received an outline application on behalf of Ipswich-based company Informer Limited proposing to knock it down.


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The plans are still in the early stages, but it is proposed to turn the site into 13 homes in two and three storey blocks, or nine dwellings in two and three storey block of flats.

Bramford Road resident Sharon Webb, 39, was against the idea after receiving a letter about the development scheme.

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"I don't fancy being overlooked.

"There will be no privacy in the garden.

"If it is going to be a three storey block of flats we are going to be overlooked in the kitchen and bedroom.

"We always had trouble when it was a pub. It has been lovely since the pub closed down. We have had no trouble at all.

"Who are going to be living in the flats? I don't know if it is going to be council housing or private or what?

She said there have been problems with vandalism at the site and is worried the development would worsen the area.

In the past she has also had people walking over her garden.

"We've all got used to the peace and quiet now," she said.

"We don't mind changes for the better, but not for the worse. It will mean we are right back to square one."

Diana Lockwood, of nearby Henniker Road, said: "It is a lovely building. Why they are thinking about knocking it down, I don't know.

"It would be nice if it could be turned into an old people's home."

Objectors argued as the letters arrived just before Christmas, it does not give them enough time to respond before the January 5 deadline.

The site was formerly pub called The Waveney before it was turned into a members only club Churchills.

It closed more than six months ago.

A borough council spokesman confirmed outline planning permission had been received and will be up before a committee early next year.

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