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Fears that proposed Snape Maltings car park will spoil Suffolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

PUBLISHED: 17:40 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:40 15 March 2017

Aldeburgh Music is proposing to build a car park opposite Snape Maltings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Aldeburgh Music is proposing to build a car park opposite Snape Maltings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Concreting over a Suffolk beauty spot to make way for a 470-space car park would have a ‘hideous visual impact’ on an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it has been claimed.

Teresa Cook, owner of The Crown, is concerned about Aldeburgh Music's plans to build a car park opposite Snape Maltings.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTeresa Cook, owner of The Crown, is concerned about Aldeburgh Music's plans to build a car park opposite Snape Maltings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Landlady of The Crown Inn, Teresa Cook, has made the claim with proposals being explored to build a car park on the banks of the River Alde - a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Aldeburgh Music wants to build the car park and a footbridge across the river to serve Snape Maltings.

The site is known to have inspired some of the works of composer Benjamin Britten, and regularly attracts tourists and dog walkers.

Ms Cook said: “I am very worried...We already see a build-up of traffic from concerts and a large car park will mean more cars.

Teresa Cook, owner of The Crown, will have to move her pigs if the proposals go ahead. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTeresa Cook, owner of The Crown, will have to move her pigs if the proposals go ahead. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“I keep sheep, Suffolk Show-winning Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs and rare Large White pigs, which are on the rare breeds survival list, next to the fields so they will have to be moved. The land also floods regularly when it’s a high tide and the overall visual impact will be hideous.

“I understand that it’s difficult for Snape Maltings but I think it’s morally wrong to build on an SSSI and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Suffolk Wildlife Trust chief executive Julian Roughton said: “It is a very sensitive area of wetland, for birds such as snipe, barn owls and marsh harriers. About four of the 17 acres will be the proposed car park.

“If this will have a detrimental effect on wildlife we will advise Snape Maltings on wildlife enhancements.”

Aldeburgh Music is proposing to build a car park on land opposite Snape Maltings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAldeburgh Music is proposing to build a car park on land opposite Snape Maltings. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A spokesperson for Snape Maltings said: “Our aim is to use the opportunity for the regeneration of the site, of which 25% is currently derelict, to help our not-for-profit organisation deliver substantial public benefits and achieve future financial resilience.

“It is a particularly difficult challenge in an AONB and we are currently assessing options for a site masterplan beyond 2022.

“It is too early for a formal planning process. However, we want to continue the dialogue with our neighbours and stakeholders.

“We are keen to hear and fully understand and respect all views about the way in which the site may develop.”

7 comments

  • When you talk to them it's all about how they are helping disadvantaged and young musicians. I suspect this is all about increasing retail to fund the massive capital outlay to buy the rest of the Maltings. This is gross vandalism of beautiful countryside for the sake of making money. If this goes through then quite frankly nothing is sacred.

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    ITFCMW

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • In addition to the detrimental environmental impact, this lunatic proposal makes little business sense. People visit the Maltings for more than shopping and concerts, if that is all they want they can go to London or any major town. It is the scenery and wildlife that makes Snape attractive, so why Aldeburgh Music can possibly believe that destroying that environment will bring in more customers is delusional. By all means let them make better use of the premises they have, but don't deface the surroundings. A strange use of lottery funds by a "not for profit charity"......

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    Wezboz

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • Roger Wright (Maltings Chief Exec) seems to have no regard whatsoever for the people of Snape or our iconic landscape. We've supported the Maltings for years. What's our reward? To be treated with utter contempt. We'll fight this every inch of the way.

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    LoveSnape

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • This is beyond madness . The proposed site is to any sane observer patently not suitable for this purpose and has been surviving as an AONB for some centuries. Why should the village of Snape have to even contemplate this mutilationof their prized vista?? The Maltings are being most disingenuous in this matter .

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    Murray_1

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • This proposal is vandalism on an epic scale. What on earth are Snape Maltings thinking of? They are proposing the destruction of one of the most iconic views in Suffolk - it's even appeared on the front of Suffolk Magazine for goodness' sake. Think again Mr Young.

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    tytoalba

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • There is strong opposition here in Snape to this extremely inappropriate development. A new 470-space illuminated car park covering 4.5 acres, bigger than two full size football pitches. The proposed car park is not at the Maltings, but between Snape village and the river Alde on flood plain, open fields and marshland between the river and the Crown Inn, next to Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Snape Marshes reserve. The proposals also include creating a raised path over the grazing marsh and a swingbridge for pedestrians over the Alde just downriver of Snape Bridge. This would of course intrude into the stunning, timeless, iconic Suffolk view of Iken church over the river, marshes and reedbeds. PLEASE write to Snape Maltings and object to this development.

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    tytoalba

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • I cannot imagine why this is necessary, they have managed fine without a new concrete car park or bridge for years, yet they're happy to try and destroy an SSSI and an AONB. Outrageous behaviour, let's hope it's not allowed.

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    BoBoBolinski

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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