Felixstowe: Go-ahead given for demolition of Manor Club as caravan park expands

The old Manor Club at Felixstowe.

The old Manor Club at Felixstowe. - Credit: Archant

Demolition has been agreed for a former clubhouse that hosted family and holiday celebrations for decades.

The old Manor Club at Felixstowe.

The old Manor Club at Felixstowe. - Credit: Archant

The old Manor Club in Manor Terrace has not been used for many years since failing fire regulations.

Suffolk Coastal council has now agreed the club can be knocked down, and replaced with new facilities.

Park Holidays, which runs the Suffolk Sands Holiday Park, has been granted consent to build a smaller two-storey property on the site featuring a shop and launderette, plus manager’s accommodation on the first floor.

The remainder of the site would be used for new static holiday caravans.

The club hosted a wide range of activities over the years, including parties for a variety of occasions as well as music events, dances and other entertainment.

The building is not listed.

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Park Holidays leases the property from Manor House (Felixstowe) Ltd and said the owners are fully aware of and in agreement with its proposals.

Ian Butter Rural and Urban Planning Consultancy said: “The clubhouse has not been used for many years and is in a poor state of repair both internally and externally.

“Conversion to other uses is limited both by cost, due to its condition, and size.

“The nature of the static holiday caravan market at Suffolk Sands no longer requires the same level of entertainment facilities and the building has become redundant for all practical purposes.

“The proposal seeks to fulfil a requirement for facilities directly related to the holiday use of the caravan site where self-catering is the predominant mode of occupation.

“The launderette simply replaces that which would be lost through the demolition of the existing building.

“Park Holidays’ business plan aims to improve its parks to a high modern standard commensurate with the more discerning holiday-taking public.

“This process is already evident within the industry nationally where an increasing level of competition within the holiday caravan market necessitates the provision of far higher standards than previously delivered.”