Woodbridge’s Jetty Lane centre reaches next crucial milestone

An architect's CGI image of how the new Jetty Lane centre could look Picture: CONFABRICOR

An architect's CGI image of how the new Jetty Lane centre could look Picture: CONFABRICOR - Credit: Archant

Plans for the new youth and arts centre in Woodbridge have been submitted to Suffolk Coastal.

The new site at Jetty Lane will cover around 716 square metres and includes eight studios for artists, two halls and hireable space for community groups to use.

Hot-desking and office facilities will also be provided at the development.

The submission is the latest step towards the creation of the Jetty Lane centre, after the previous youth club was demolished last year.

In December the community interest company (CIC) which is running the project were given a long lease of 125 years on a plot of land in the town, with the promise of a peppercorn rent from Suffolk Coastal.

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The site is currently occupied by a container housing youth charity Just42.

Caroline Rutherford , from the charity is one of the members of the CIC alongside, 1st Woodbridge Scout leader Adam Thorpe and local resident Cordelia Richman.

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Also part of the group is county councillor for Woodbridge, Caroline Page, she is pleased with the support the project has received so far.

She said: “ Jetty Lane CIC has focused on developing plans for a feasible, affordable, and financially sustainable replacement that will be a practical and beautiful community asset for future generations living in Woodbridge.

“We have received a huge amount of support from local groups and individuals and have our fingers crossed that we’ll soon get planning permission and be able to take the next step with this exciting and much-needed project.”

Councillor David Mortimer, Mayor of Woodbridge commented: “Since the closure of the old buildings in Jetty Lane there has been an obvious void and Woodbridge has been missing a vital community link.

The new building will benefit young and old alike and will provide a proper home for so many clubs and organisations that are currently unable to function properly.”

The group believe they need £188,821 to keep the company running until construction begins next year.

A website for donations has been set up to help members of the public give to the campaign.

More information can be found online.

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