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Waterfront link is thrown into spin

PUBLISHED: 18:01 22 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

LONG-TERM hopes of building a new shopping centre to link Ipswich town centre with the Waterfront area were dealt a severe blow today.

Ipswich council has identified an area between The Old Cattle Market and Star Lane as the town's next large shopping centre after the completion of the Mint Quarter over the next four years.

LONG-TERM hopes of building a new shopping centre to link Ipswich town centre with the Waterfront area were dealt a severe blow today.

Ipswich council has identified an area between The Old Cattle Market and Star Lane as the town's next large shopping centre after the completion of the Mint Quarter over the next four years.

However that plan has been thrown into doubt after it received an updated planning application to build offices on the former Condors' site in Turret Lane.

That is in the middle of the proposed shopping centre – and if it went ahead it would effectively prevent an overall development.

Planning permission for offices was granted in 1998 – before the draft local plan was drawn up – and the new application is renewal of that.

Officials say that members who consider the planning application at Wednesday's meeting of the borough development control committee should be aware of the draft local plan.

However the report prepared by planning chiefs is blunt.

"The weight which can be given to it has to be limited," the report says.

"The draft plan is very near the beginning of its statutory process and this, together with the fact that this application is for a renewal of a development previously found to be acceptable, means that it is considered that a reason for refusing the application cannot be justified."

Council leader Peter Gardiner accepted that as it was a renewal application, it would be difficult to refuse planning permission.

"But one has to say, given the current uncertain economic climate, if nothing has happened in the last three years, what makes it more likely to happen now?"

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