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Former council HQ plans include underground car parking and green space

PUBLISHED: 10:57 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:57 20 April 2017

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

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Detailed proposals have been unveiled for a ‘car-free’ housing development to replace the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council in Woodbridge.

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTERWoodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

Dozens of residents turned out to preview plans for the old offices on Melton Hill vacated by the council when it moved to Riduna Park late last year.

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTERWoodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

A public exhibition was held at the same Woodbridge Primary School venue as last April’s community planning workshops, which pledged to shape the proposals eventually bound for submission later this spring.

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTERWoodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

The resulting blueprint for the 3.23-acre site includes 110 homes of varying scale a third of which conform to district affordable housing policy commercial space, potential for cultural activity, underground parking, and a circular public pedestrian route with access to the riverside and views across the Deben to Sutton Hoo.

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTERWoodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

Community planning specialists from John Thompson & Partners (JTP) attended the exhibition with developer, Active Urban Property Group (AUPG), and architects from Ipswich-based Hoopers.

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTERWoodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

JTP partner Charles Campion said: “We wanted to show the community plans in advance of an application. Many took the time and effort to attend the community planning weekend, and it’s good to see a lot of those people return to be taken through the proposal.

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTERWoodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

“We believe this type of engagement creates better, more informed schemes. We advocate this way of working, and the national charity Civic Voice promotes a collaborative planning process.

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTERWoodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

“Ideas have been taken on board to create routes through the site, green spaces, and underground car parking.

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTERWoodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

“It has certainly been the case in Woodbridge that people are passionate about their community and want to be involved in the process.

Woodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTERWoodbridge Primary School hosts a pre-planning application exhibition for housing proposals at the former headquarters of Suffolk Coastal District Council. Picture: TOM POTTER

“From the visions created last year, proposals have incorporated mixed uses along with the housing element; activity at the front and, hopefully, the creation of a café and green environment to walk through.

“Obviously, we had to consider what was feasible and achievable. The change of levels on-site opens up the opportunity for views across the river – and a circular pedestrian route – that people have perhaps been unable to access and enjoy until now.”

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  • A piece of Ipswich docks flanked by small 1800s townhouses, yet another part of my hometown being changed to suit london tastes and wallets

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