max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C


Traffic concerns raised at public display for potential Martlesham police HQ 250 homes

PUBLISHED: 19:15 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:15 18 June 2018

Aerial plans for the layout of the Martlesham police HQ site 250 homes Picture: YELLOBELLY

Aerial plans for the layout of the Martlesham police HQ site 250 homes Picture: YELLOBELLY


Early plans to develop the Martlesham police headquarters into 250 homes went on display for the first time yesterday.

Letters were issued to nearby homes earlier this month inviting them to have their say on the proposals, which have been tabled by police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore as potential cost cutting measures for the force.

The plans, on display at the Martlesham Heath Pavilion between 3pm and 8pm outlined some of the considerations, including a mix of apartments and 2-4 bed homes, and a traffic assessment having been commissioned.

Duncan Potter, acting head of estates at Suffolk Constabulary, said: “For us it’s to gain community feedback for the commissioner, either positive or negative. It really is about what are the options for the future.”

The display boards said it was also about ensuring that its premises were “fit for purpose”.

Some police activity has already moved to Landmark House in Ipswich – a shared building with Suffolk County Council – but Mr Potter said there was existing land surrounding it which could be developed for police use.

Scores of people gathered to view the plans, with a host of concerns raised.

Among them was the amount of traffic already on the road network in the area, whether Portal Avenue was an adequate route on and off the site, GPs and schools already being oversubscribed and the potential for it to create an urban sprawl into Portal Woods.

Nearby homeowner Graham Timson said: “Initial concern is about increased traffic congestion. Martlesham Heath is really starting to suffer the effects of the industrial estate, which is really a retail park now.”

Richard Saunders added: “They say they want to move somewhere fit for purpose. It’s only recently they built a brand new investigation centre here and all of a sudden it’s not fit for purpose?”

The approval of 2,000 homes at Adastral Park earlier in the year was also raised as a concern.

Feedback is being gathered until July 20, after which a more detailed proposition will begin to be formed. It is understood an outline planning application will be submitted later this year with a view to a decision in early 2019.

Email your feedback to

A driver has been taken to hospital with ‘potentially life changing injuries’ after their 4x4 crashed into a stationary vehicle, reported to have been a digger.

Bailey hasn’t had the best start to life and hopes someone can give him the loving home he deserves. Watch our video of him playing with his favourite toy.

A woman is reported to have been raped in a north Essex field.

A young woman is receiving specialist support after alleging she was sexually assaulted in an Essex alleyway in the early hours of this morning.

Police have discovered the body of a missing teenager in Lakenheath.

Crowds watched in awe as a 50ft Christmas tree was lifted into place on the newly renovated Ipswich Cornhill, just in time for the festival period.

Walkers crisps, frozen mash, children’s shoes, and wine from John Lewis are a few of the many items which are being recalled. Check the list and make sure you don’t have these products in your home.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24