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Neighbours protest demolition of police station for six new homes

10:15 16 August 2014

Neighbours are objecting to the proposed demolition of Woodbridge police station for housing.

Neighbours are objecting to the proposed demolition of Woodbridge police station for housing.

Sarah Lucy brown

A group of neighbours have called into question a district’s planning strategy amid plans to merge a town’s police and fire service headquarters.

Plans are already in place to move Woodbridge police officers from their base in Grundisburgh Road to the local fire station in Theatre Street.

But residents of Grundisburgh Road and adjoining Moor’s Way believe the move has automatically opened the door for permission to be granted for six new homes to be built on the site.

The group of neighbours object to the police station being vacated and knocked down for housing, but would sooner see it converted into four large flats, preserving the exterior of the pre-war building.

Suffolk Coastal’s head of planning insists that the two proposals are distinct, and that any decision would be made in accordance with planning policy, but admitted that it was “unsustainable” for the police to remain in Grundisburgh Road.

The plan to merge services was announced at the end of May, with residents invited to view designs at the fire station on June 5. Flyers and letters were also sent to residents, councillors and local businesses.

Developers want to demolish the police station and build six new homes – a proposal residents argue would worsen existing drainage problems, add to traffic congestion and put pressure on a narrow junction connecting the two roads.

Moor’s Way resident John Brownsord also objects to what he called the “aggressive advancement” of the building line towards Moor’s Way and Grundisburgh Road. He said: “People accept that there may be a change at the building but we object to the way it has been handled.

“The town council has given its approval without consulting the people who will be most affected.”

Resident, Paul Fletcher, said: “To put six homes there is to overload a site that can’t take it. It’s totally out of character with the area.”

David Houchell, who owns the building and design centre next door to the site, said: “We have been here since 1946. We have never had conditions put on what we do and that’s how I intend to keep it. If we face too many problems with people moving in and complaining about noise, I will have to consider closing.”

Mayor of Woodbridge and district planning chief, Geoff Holdcroft said: “There are two separate issues here. One is a matter driven by economics; of either retaining a police service in the town or risking losing it.

“The second is what happens to the police station. The application will go through normal planning procedure. I understand that there is a problem with traffic. We have to be mindful of the need for housing but it has to be sustainable and the highways authority must be satisfied. Due process will need to be followed and I will gladly speak on behalf of residents.”


  • Are you employing Americans to write your headlines. In ENGLISH English it should be "protest against" or "protest about", not "protest".

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    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Out of interest, what qualifications in planning does the 'district planning chief' have? he seems to have a lot of influence on the suffolk coast?

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    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Not sure why closing a police station and providing a few flats or houses would make any significant difference to traffic or drainage. It sounds like a straight planning matter which should be decided on merit.

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    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • it looks a bit like east house in hadleigh sfk.you will be lucky if it gets sorted within the next ten years i aggree with the nimbys this time..

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    Saturday, August 16, 2014

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