Waterfront set to open new car park

A new temporary car park is to be opened on Ipswich Waterfront early next year once the burned-out shell of the former St Peter's Warehouse is demolished.

IPSWICH: A new temporary car park is to be opened on Ipswich Waterfront early next year once the burned-out shell of the former St Peter's Warehouse is demolished.

Members of Ipswich council's development and planning committee gave permission for the short-term car park to operate for three years once demolition work and restoration work on a boundary wall is completed.

The park will hold up to 70 cars - and the pricing will have to be structured so it is prohibitively expensive to leave a vehicle there for more than four hours.

The permission runs out at the end of 2012, and there are hopes at that time there will be a full planning application for the redevelopment of a site which is seen as a key gateway to the whole Waterfront area of town.

Sitting between Stoke Bridge and St Peter's Church, for many years the Victorian warehouse was seen as a potential beacon for the future development of the Waterfront.

All that changed in a few hours on the night of April 13, 2000 when the building was ravaged by the most spectacular fire seen in Ipswich for years.

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Redevelopment attempts have come to nothing over the years - partly because the site is next to the disused Paul's Maltings silo and partly because the warehouse was in a conservation area.

But now the site is to be cleared at the first stage in what is hoped to be a major tidy-up of the entrance to the Waterfront.