Town development revealed next week

DETAILS of a multi-million pound redevelopment of Woodbridge town centre including a new school, library and housing are to be released next week.Four planning applications will be unveiled relating to the construction of a new primary school in Pytches Road to replace the school in New Street.

DETAILS of a multi-million pound redevelopment of Woodbridge town centre including a new school, library and housing are to be released next week.

Four planning applications will be unveiled relating to the construction of a new primary school in Pytches Road to replace the school in New Street.

The New Street school main building is earmarked for a public library and there will be houses on the rest of the land and extra car parking. The current library could be converted into a development of medical/health facilities with flats.

The county council has signed a contract for the development with G&E Woodbridge Consortium Ltd and on January 21 and 22 there will be presentations detailing the plans.


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The plans include two possibilities for access to the new school. The first shows vehicular access off Wilkinson Way. The second plan retains that access and also has a lay-by on Pytches Road, behind the tree belt, for parents to drop off children.

Parents have complained that they are being kept in the dark over the proposed redevelopment and they have not been invited to the presentations.

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Brigitte Sanchez-Walker, of Ship Meadow Walk, Woodbridge, said selected residents from New Street, Pytches Road and Wilkinson Way had been invited.

''It seems to me that as a group we, the parents, and indeed the children, have been largely ignored despite the fact that we are the ones who are most affected,'' she said.

Brian Prettyman, estate manager, said: ''We understand parents' interest in the new school but unfortunately it has not been possible to invite all of them along as we have limited space at the presentations. However, the school community will be represented by school governors. The head teacher will be sending parents a letter explaining this.

''We are holding two formal presentations on Wednesday and Thursday evening for some local people to look at proposals for the new school. These plans will become public within the next two weeks when the planning applications are submitted.

''Those invited on Wednesday evening include school governors, local councillors and organisations such as the Woodbridge Society, Suffolk Preservation Society and the chamber of commerce. Thursday's presentation is specifically for people who live in the immediate vicinity of the schemes.''

Mr Prettyman added that everyone could look at the plans at Suffolk Coastal District Council when they were made public and submit their views.

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