Framlingham: Youth facility a step closer

PROPOSALS to build a youth facility in a market town have moved forward after it was agreed to go ahead with the next stage of the project.

Framlingham Town Council will now get a full set of plans drawn up for the two-storey building on Pageant Field.

Members of the public will then be able to comment on the proposals before an application is handed to Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The decision was made at the town council’s monthly meeting on Thursday night.

It was also unanimously agreed that a covenant be created stating that there should be no more building on the Pageant Field following the construction of the youth facility. Since the beginning of the year, the town council has invited comments on the plans.


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Kevin Coe, chairman of the Youth Facility Committee, said he would like to thank everyone who took part in the process and that there had been some very constructive ideas.

It is expected to cost around �1,000 to have the plans drawn up. The project will receive �75,000 from developers who are building housing on the site of the former Drill Hall, and �10,000 from town council capital funds.

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Eileen Coe, clerk to the town council, said: “People’s comments will be taken on board for when the plans are drawn up.

“Everyone will have the chance to come in and look at the plans again before they go to the district council.”

She has previously assured that any new facility will be away from houses and that residents will be able to have a say on how it is run.

The Pageant Field Preservation Group was formed by those who opposed a youth facility on the site.

They thought others were more appropriate, such as the old police station, although that has since been given permission for housing.

Jan Hammond, who lives in nearby Saxmundham Road, was one of those who opposed.

She said she would now wait until an application was handed to the district council.

Ms Hammond added that she would like to be involved in any future youth facility committee, as she was not against the building in principal – just its location.

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