Hotel planned for central Felixstowe

PLANS for a multi-million pound development including a hotel and the creation of nearly 50 new jobs in the centre of Felixstowe have been revealed.A revised scheme to transform the resort's cinema and bingo hall in Crescent Road has been submitted to Suffolk Coastal District Council for planning permission.

PLANS for a multi-million pound development including a hotel and the creation of nearly 50 new jobs in the centre of Felixstowe have been revealed.

A revised scheme to transform the resort's cinema and bingo hall in Crescent Road has been submitted to Suffolk Coastal District Council for planning permission.

The first scheme attracted nearly 200 complaints from people who were concerned about the impact of a casino opening until the early hours of the morning.

But the latest proposals for the site do not include a casino or a cinema. The aim is to have a three and four-storey building with a 52-bedroom hotel, bingo hall, bars, restaurant and a fitness club.


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The complex has 10 full-time and three part-time staff and it is anticipated that 38 extra full-time and nine part-time jobs will be created by the development.

The first plan was for a £3.2million project and this was withdrawn at the last minute just before councillors had been advised by planning officers to reject it on the grounds the new casino would lead to late-night noise and disturbance, and less on-street parking for residents.

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The AUL Robinson Partnership, architects and chartered surveyors in Great Yarmouth, have submitted the revised scheme for the building which currently has a bingo hall on the ground floor and two separate cinema screens upstairs.

Craigh Page, chartered architect, said: "This scheme represents an opportunity to unify the area and to tidy up an existing elevation and to enliven the activity of the town centre.

"The complex would build on the success of the existing club and offer both a much improved facility and enhance employment opportunities."

He said the scheme was "sympathetic to the local residential area" and the rear hotel rooms had been designed to avoid overlooking other properties.

The aim is to make the improvements in phases. Access to the bingo hall and the fitness centre will be restricted to members.

The Palace Bingo occupies a prominent location in the town and the rear overlooks Penfold Road, predominantly a residential street. The casino's 4am proposed finish alarmed many residents but more than 160 people, including 183 Felixstowe residents, had supported the plans to provide late-night entertainment.

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