Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 27°C

min temp: 19°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Rendlesham: Community out in force to oppose plans for 49 homes

12:00 13 December 2012

Rendlesham Parish Council is holding a drop in session for residents to see plans to knock down the Angel Centre and Sports Centre- developers want to build new homes but the parish council has concerns.

Rendlesham Parish Council is holding a drop in session for residents to see plans to knock down the Angel Centre and Sports Centre- developers want to build new homes but the parish council has concerns.

Archant

MORE than 200 people turned out in force to have their say on plans to demolish a sports centre and former theatre and build 49 homes in their place.

shares

The drop-in session was held to allow villagers to view proposals for Sycamore Drive in Rendlesham. Residents were also able to see how the Neighbourhood Plan is progressing, which outlines how the community will grow.

Developers have tabled an application with Suffolk Coastal District Council to knock down the former Jets gym to pave the way for 23 two and three bedroomed homes, as well as demolish the old Angel Theatre ahead of building 26 similarly sized properties.

But the parish council has voiced its concerns, saying it is confident that both buildings can be saved and used for additional community and retail facilities.

Heather Heelis, clerk to the parish council, said: “The drop-in session was very well attended and there was a good mix of people - both young and old. People feel very strongly. There was overwhelming opposition to the housing proposals. The aim of the Neighbourhood Plan is to re-invigorate the village and provide more shops and community facilities. We are a lot bigger than other places yet they have many facilities that Rendlesham doesn’t - such as a library or range of shops. However by keeping these two building we have a chance. If the application is approved and the houses are built this will be lost.”

She added that people’s objections will now be handed to Suffolk Coastal and that parish councillors were hoping to meet with district representatives next week to discuss the situation further.

A spokesman for the district authority said - as with every planning application - they would take everyone’s views into consideration when making a decision.

Related articles

shares

0 comments

Morgan and Harry Hutchins stay cool during the day, but how you cool down at night?

Temperatures across the county soared to 33 degrees Celsius today, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

A forest fire near Kingfisher Lake

Crews were called just before 2pm to the fire near Kingfisher Lake, just off the B1107.

David Sims, 69, a firearms enquiry officer, is due to in court to answer three counts of possessing a firearm of length less than 30cm  prohibited weapon, possessing ammunition without a certificate and possession of a firearm without a certificate.

The man, who has dementia, was with a friend when he wandered off at around 2pm.

Archant Suffolk photographer Sarah Lucy Brown shares an image of sunny Aldeburgh on her Instagram account

This week temperatures could rise to a sweltering 33C in East Anglia.

Stansted Airport

A report into the future of Britain’s airports does not rule out a second runway at Stansted – and raises fears of extra night flights to the Essex airport.

Artist's impression of 'Jubilee Place' and Jubilee Walk, one of the new quarters put forward in the Haverhill town centre masterplan.

Members of the public will be able to find out more about plans to revitalise Haverhill town centre when a bus parks up for three days from tomorrow.

Dermot O'Leary

Colchester boy Dermot O’Leary has been announced as the new ceremonial head of a north Essex hospice.

The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

Only half of those responding to an online survey about Sudbury have visited historic market town’s key tourist attraction, figures have revealed.

Elderly woman taken to hospital with life threatening injuries

The 82-year-old died from her injuries following a collision with a Ford Fusion this afternoon.

Morgan and Harry Hutchins stay cool during the day, but how you cool down at night?

There is only so much relief the cold side of the pillow can bring, so here are our ten tips for sleeping in a heatwave.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages