Ipswich: Proposals would transform old industrial site

PLANS to convert a prominent Victorian former industrial building into 14 flats look set to be approved.

The proposals for 23-25 Burrell Road have been submitted to Ipswich Borough Council by applicant Jason Vince and have been recommended for approval by borough council planning officers.

The building, set at the top of Burrell Road, opposite Ipswich station, is set to be transformed into 12 one-bedroom flats and two two-bedroom apartments.

In a report to the council’s planning and development control committee, officers explain that the project includes the insertion of a mezzanine floor and a roof extension to the rear and that despite some representations received by neighbours opposed to the project, it should be given the green light.

The report adds: “The internal layout is such that the basement will house three flats, the ground floor will house four flats and include mezzanine floors. There will be four flats on the first floor and three on the second floor.

“Although a mix of flat sizes is usually preferable and is required in new-build developments, it is harder to require in conversions where the space exists.

“In this instance, the mix of 12 one-bed and two two-bed is what can be achieved within the confined of the building and having regard to existing openings and the layout. This has resulted in predominantly one-bed flats but this is not a huge problem in this location where there is a mix of commercial and residential properties and a mix of houses and flats.

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“The use and design of development proposed is considered acceptable in this instance in compliance with adopted policy.”

The consultation process sought the views of neighbours and several issues were raised.

Concerns about noise, parking, disabled access and additional traffic in the area were all raised but officers found that, subject to several conditions, the plans were acceptable.

The committee will discuss the plans during a meeting today.