Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Woodbridge: Whisstocks regeneration project unviable unless holiday homes are axed

10:03 17 July 2014

Impression of the project approved for Whisstocks boatyard, in Woodbridge. By Paul Weston, architect in collaboration with Charles Curry-Hyde.

Impression of the project approved for Whisstocks boatyard, in Woodbridge. By Paul Weston, architect in collaboration with Charles Curry-Hyde.

Paul Weston, architect in collaboration with Charles Curry-Hyde

Developers are set to be given the go-ahead to remove holiday homes from a multi-million pound riverside regeneration project despite objections and fears it could set a precedent for similar schemes.

shares

Whisstocks Developments Ltd was originally given consent for 14 holiday homes at Woodbridge as part of a scheme including boat building facilities, retail space, a restaurant and heritage attractions.

Escalating costs, however, have left the scheme unviable – and the company told planners the project might not proceed unless the holiday homes could be permanent housing for open market sale.

Opponents though are worried that allowing permanent residences – against the local plan – will set a precedent which could threaten other land along the river.

It is feared the properties would become second home investments empty for much of the year.

Suffolk Coastal’s south area development control sub committee will discuss the issue on Tuesday and is recommended to approve the change and remove the holiday accommodation.

The scheme at Whisstocks boatyard, along with housing at nearby Nunn’s Mill, is set to revitalise the area around the historic Tide Mill.

A report to councillors says extra costs which have left the scheme unviable include changes imposed by the Environment Agency to flood defences which are now set to cost around £150,000 instead of an expected £30,000, and the need to pay full VAT on holiday homes.

Case officer Michaelle Coupe said a number of the uses already agreed for the site were contrary to the Development Plan, but because they sought to support the provision of a range of community benefits and retention of some boatbuilding, it had been considered an exception to policy could be justified.

If holiday lets were removed, the developers would be willing to gift the new public open space at the site to Woodbridge Town Council, along with the two community buildings.

She said: “It is considered that unrestricted housing in the form previously approved could be accepted as a departure from the Development Plan in this particular instance because it will ensure a continuing legacy of boatbuilding activity on the site, as well as providing other significant community benefits.

“It will result in a high quality mixed use development that is sustainable and contribute to the working character of the area, increase public access through the site, adding to the active and busy waterfront environment.

“It will also enhance the character and appearance of the site within a prominent location within the Conservation Area and which has been derelict for a number of years.”

shares

2 comments

  • Not sure there is really any practical difference between holiday homes and second homes empty for much of the year. The idea of holiday homes was, I think, primarily for the caravan sites to stop these becoming permenant homes and is now used as a catch all to stop proper being lived in all year round.

    Report this comment

    amsterdam81

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • SCDC's planning committee appears rather good at making "exceptions" for some and implementing planning rules rigidly for others; but I suppose it depends on how well applicants are able to LODGE their plans.

    Report this comment

    Johnthebap

    Friday, July 18, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Suffolk has gone up 22 places in the league table for pupils achieving expected standards in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2.

Results for 11-year-olds in Suffolk are improving, according to the latest SATS results which show the county moving up national league tables.

Avro Vulcan XH558 at the Clacton Air Show.

The eyes of Britain were on Clacton yesterday as it hosted the first major air show since last weekend’s Shoreham disaster – and organisers hailed the first day of the event as a huge success.

Vulcan makes last trip over Suffolk at RAF Lakenheath.

Today (August 27) marked the last time the iconic Avro Vulcan bomber flew through Suffolk.

Ex-teacher convicted of abusing child

A former remedial school teacher from Suffolk and long-term partner of one of the founders of the Paedophile Information Exchange has been found guilty of molesting an 11-year-old boy, it can be revealed.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was called out to a car blaze.

Firefighters were called out to a car blaze in Ipswich tonight.

Police have closed the road.

Police, fire and ambulance crews attended the scene of a three-vehicle crash on the Barnby bends in Beccles.

Large crowds at the Clacton Air Show.

Thousands of fans have flocked to the Essex coast today to take in the sights and sounds of the Clacton Airshow.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A young woman was assaulted while running in a woodland area off Quilter Drive in Ipswich.

Armed officers and the police helicopter were called to the scene of the incident in Sycamore Close at 3.30pm.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested after an axe was brandished at bailiffs who were attempting to execute a warrant in Pinewood.

Leiston Film Theatre Assistant Manager Hannah Everett and General Manager Wayne Burns have their martinis ready now that they are able to screen the new James Bond movie the same day as the world wide release.

As the stars of the new James Bond movie tread the red carpet and settle in their seats to enjoy the world premiere, film fans in a Suffolk town will be watching all the action, too.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages