Stowmarket: Snooker club site bid for block of flats

The Riverside in Stowmarket

The Riverside in Stowmarket

A SNOOKER and entertainment club could be lost after plans were put forward for a block of flats.

Almost 30 flats could be built if planners accept a new application for the Riverside, in Stowmarket.

The bid has been put in by the club for 21 two-bedroom flats and seven one-bed flats.

Director of the Riverside, Robert Perry, said: “I am going to look at selling the site if we get planning permission but I will look to relocate to a different premises in the town.

“It’s not the best time to sell but if we get planning permission we have three years to try.

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“It will be a great loss to the town if we are to sell – we do so much for charity. I am confident I will get the planning permission. The business has gone from strength to strength until we had the recession – it’s not been as good as it was.”

The application for the site in Stowupland Street would see the demolition of the existing buildings on the site. The proposed development on the south side would be four storeys with the side nearest to Stowupland Street two storeys tall.

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The plans show how people would still have access to the River Gipping. Historically the site was used as a malting served by a tramway connecting to the railway station until the early 20th Century. The Riverside has been running as a business for 26 years.

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