Residents' joy over withdrawn plans

RESIDENTS in Bramford are today celebrating after they successfully fought to stop a building overlooking the village being built any higher.The locals started a campaign and organised a petition to prevent an extra storey being added to the former Agilent building, which they said was already a “monstrous eyesore”.

RESIDENTS in Bramford are today celebrating after they successfully fought to stop a building overlooking the village being built any higher.

The locals started a campaign and organised a petition to prevent an extra storey being added to the former Agilent building, which they said was already a “monstrous eyesore”.

But now those involved have received a letter from Ipswich Borough Council saying the application to extend Landmark House, in White House Road, Ipswich, has been withdrawn.

The letters arrived at residents' houses yesterday morning.

Mary Hughes, of Chapel Field, Bramford, got involved with a petition against the plans to increase the height of the building because she said the building already towered over the village and thought the situation would get even worse if planning permission was granted.

She said: “I was thrilled when the letter came through the door to say they wouldn't be going ahead with the plans.

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“It is such a monstrosity and when I sit in the garden it already blights my view.

“The building can be seen from anywhere in the village and we just didn't want it to get any worse.

“I wrote a letter to the council to say so and am really happy to find they still listen to the public.

“I might even write them a letter to thank them for listening.”

The building was built by communication company Agilent in the late 1990s but has never been fully occupied after the company withdrew plans to operate in the town.