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Anger over ‘college campus’ designs for 100 new homes at Melton Hill, Woodbridge

PUBLISHED: 16:56 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 14 July 2017

A CGI aerial view of the proposed development of the former Suffolk Coastal HQ site on Melton Hill, Woodbridge. Picture: HOOPERS ARCHITECTS

A CGI aerial view of the proposed development of the former Suffolk Coastal HQ site on Melton Hill, Woodbridge. Picture: HOOPERS ARCHITECTS

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Dozens of objections have poured on to planners’ desks just days after consultation started on multi-million pound proposals for a new riverside housing project.

A CGI view of the proposed homes as seen across the meadow from the riverside end of the site at Melton Hill. Picture: HOOPERS ARCHITECTS A CGI view of the proposed homes as seen across the meadow from the riverside end of the site at Melton Hill. Picture: HOOPERS ARCHITECTS

Residents have been scornful of the designs for the site of Suffolk Coastal’s former HQ at Melton Hill, Woodbridge – branding them ridiculous, unacceptable, a monstrosity, and say they would be a blot on the landscape.

Several of the 50-plus people who have reacted in the first week have likened the contemporary design to “looking like a college campus”.

JTP Architects, masterplanners for the project, have described the concept for the site as “strikingly designed ‘villas in a park’ overlooking Sutton Hoo” with the buildings designed in “a contemporary style using a robust, local palette of materials including brick and timber”.

One objector who has written to the council to protest about the proposed 100 homes, Lo-Anne Lewis said: “How is it acceptable to build this monstrosity ... horrible college campus design in the middle of our beautiful market town known for its beauty and character. We are for progression but this is simply ridiculous and unacceptable.”

Objector Lucy Humphrey said it was a “ridiculous design that will not fit into the area” while Clare Astbury described the plans as “totally ugly, enormous and overbearing”.

Catherine Button pleaded with planners “don’t destroy the character of our lovely town” while Allan Cole said “the proposed design reminds me of large randomly shaped chunks of flotsam deposited by a high tide on the Deben”.

Graham Mole said: “Given that most buildings in the surrounding conservation area are Victorian and Edwardian, this design is totally incongruous.”

Darren Payne described the buildings as “massive and overpowering” and felt the development would ruin the character of the surrounding area.

JTP said changes had been during the development of the project but many people who had attended a recent exhibition had been “very positive” about the proposals, including design and layout of the buildings in a largely car-free, landscaped setting.

Suffolk Coastal council will make the decision on the project for its former home and has urged people to give their views.

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