Fresh moves for Wetherspoon pub in Felixstowe generate a host of objections

Felixstowe's Central Surgery.

Felixstowe's Central Surgery. - Credit: Archant

Community leaders have lodged a formal objection to new proposals for a JD Wetherspoon pub in Felixstowe town centre.

The company has already secured permission for a development on the site of the old Central Surgery in Hamilton Road, but has now submitted revised plans for slightly bigger premises and other changes.

In addition to Felixstowe Town Council’s objection, more than 60 residents have written to Suffolk Coastal calling for the £2.6million project to be refused.

Householders’ worries include late-night noise, the increased size of the proposed beer garden, opening hours, lack of car parking, and the impact on nearby Fairfield Infant School.

The town council, which has no objection to the principle of a public house on the site, is also concerned at the effect on the infant school and residents in High Road West and says the design could have “unacceptable consequential effects”, causing disturbance to people nearby.

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It has suggested the pub should be built facing Great Eastern Square, which would help overcome the problems and enhance the square.

Harrison Ince Architects, for JD Wetherspoon, said: “The proposals create new commercial accommodation that meets the needs of modern leisure businesses in a traditional setting and will help expand the type of, and promoting future investment in Felixstowe.”

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