Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Stowmarket: Hotel and homes to regenerate “key” town site

06:00 14 August 2014

An artist

An artist's impression of what the cafe would look like as part of the Prentice Road development in Stowmarket

Archant

Proposals to build a hotel and more than 30 homes, described as a “catalyst for regeneration” in Stowmarket, were approved yesterday.

shares

Planning permission for the complex on land off Prentice Road, near the town’s railway station, was supported by Mid Suffolk District Council.

The site is one of three “key” areas the council wants companies to invest in and help regenerate parts of the town.

Dave Benham, Mid Suffolk’s corporate manager for economic development and tourism, said: “This proposal will bring in the railway station into the town centre with an attractive development which is going to be a catalyst for regeneration for the whole area.

“Stowmarket is growing rapidly – figures suggest four times that of market towns in the country. One reason it’s growing so quickly is it’s a very commutable town, has a good railway station and is next to the A14.”

Outline proposals for a 55-bedroom hotel and full permission for 33 homes, including houses and flats as well as a cafe, were part of the overall application.

He described the development around the station to be “very piecemeal” over the years – adding that previous plans to build large retail warehouses would have resulted in a “missed opportunity” to link the town and the station.

The ward councillors, Lesley Mayes and Poppy Robinson, agreed with the proposals. Mrs Mayes said: “With regards to the hotel: Stowmarket is in desperate need of a nice hotel, a new hotel. We have a large number of big companies who at the moment take clients out of the town and we want to keep that economy in Stowmarket.”

Mrs Robinson added: “It’s a brilliant idea for the town and they have seemed to have dealt with all the problems with flooding and the footpath too.”

The development will be built on a “zone two” flooding area where homes are not normally allowed to be constructed. But measures, including a centralised pumping water feature and properties built to a higher level, are expected to combat the risk.

Cathy Wayman, a resident of nearby Wharfside House, objected to the proposals and said she spoke on behalf of her neighbours.

She said: “Do we need another hotel in Stowmarket? There are four in the vicinity, having spoken to Cedars (Hotel) they are less than 50% full all the year round. The homes will overlook our balconies, it’s a major invasion of our privacy and we’re not very happy about it.”

Philip Isbell, corporate manager for development management, admitted that some of the flats would be no more than 10metres from Wharfside House.

But he added the windows had been positioned “sideways” to try and avoid directly overviewing the balconies.

The proposals were unanimously approved by councillors.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Firefighters attended the incident

Emergency services were called to a crash on the A14 near Coddenham this afternoon.

It won't be the real thing, sadly, but there is an Abba tribute in Colchester this weekend

Brave the September weather this weekend and treat family and friends to a day out in East Anglia. Unsure where to go? Here are 10 events you shouldn’t miss:

Shotley wins Village of the Year.

Shotley has been announced the winner of the annual Suffolk Village of the Year competition.

The scene of a fire at Exning Primary School. Headteacher, James Clark.

Two members of the public tried to stop the blaze at Exning Primary School before the fire brigade arrived.

Ronald Chisnall

An 89-year-old widower who sexually assaulted two schoolgirls at his Ipswich home has been jailed for 34 months.

The A14

Emergency teams worked to release a man trapped in his car after it overturned on the A14.

Hungarian soldiers put razor wire on top of a fence on the border with Serbia to tackle the refugee crisis. Photo: AP Photo/Darko Bandic

Essex-wide talks should be held on how councils can help with the current refugee crisis, according to the leader of Colchester Borough Council.

Man holds onto a fence outside of a train that was stopped in Bicske, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Three Suffolk MPs have added their calls for Britain to join other European countries in offering more Syrian refugees a safe haven.

The Woodbridge Heritage Group are campaigning against the proposed relocation of

Campaigners fighting for a statue to remain in the town where it has stood for 35 years have received backing from a relative of its original benefactor.

Fun at the Age UK Suffolk Forget-me-not fish and chip summer day out at Sizewell

‘When they go home with a smile on their face, it’s lovely’. Steven Russell hears about Age UK Suffolk’s Forget-me-not clubs

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages