December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A clifftop site in Felixstowe which has waited years for development is to be transformed with a contemporary designed block of retirement apartments for older people.
Suffolk Coastal councillors have given the go-ahead to McCarthy & Stone for 46 high-quality Later Living apartments on a site at the corner of Cambridge Road and Hamilton Gardens.
The scheme will include a residents’ lounge, guest accommodation and other shared facilities. .
The flats will be for people 60-plus. McCarthy & Stone say the average age of those buying such homes is 78.
But the design of the eight-storey building has been criticised – with Felixstowe councillor Kimberley Williams labelling it “hideous”.
She said: “It is hardly going to enhance the environment of the conservation area and will have an impact on the splendid buildings either side.
“I am also concerned at the loss of 67 parking spaces.
“This site has been used by office workers at Cliff House for many years – we are told they will now park in Ranelagh car park, but I don’t think people will pay all day for that and will look for other spaces on the surrounding roads, which are already choc-a-bloc.
“That will mean all the extra spaces put in to make up for those lost in the shared space scheme will be taken up.
“It is a shame we don’t have joined-up thinking when looking at these issues and examine the impact on the wider area.”
Planning officers said the apartments were a “bold, imaginative and unashamedly contemporary design” to meet an identified need.