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- 1 month, 1 week ago #3199
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Ipswich Borough Council has submitted its planning application (17/00235/FUL) for the awful Cornhill Redevelopment. Shortly after the announcement people got angry at the cost of destroying the town. The smug undeserved sense of accomplishment by the parts of Ipswich Vision resulted in us writing to the leader of the council.
If YOU do NOT want it, speak up! Send in a representation against the development proposal… They have denied you an opportunity at public consultation by not hosting one. It is highly likely that they have already signed the paperwork for this one…
Here are photos extracted from a planning application document. Copyright applies but provided here for your reference only.1 month, 1 week ago #3204
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thank you. 7 Pages of planning documents for a bit of paving! wow, that’s a lot.
interesting choice of paving materials in “green granite” not exactly a good match for the local vernacular although I dare say if one was to read through it all they have justified that somewhere.
Also interesting to note we are using the big guns again, with Arup seemingly employed as engineers. Again do we not have anyone local who is capable of doing this? At least it would keep the fee income within the local economy.
The designers won the competition originally, but as is recorded the initial designs were panned, so the same designers have continued and had a further go at it. Not sure why you would do that, they failed initially.
Curious to know what the professional fees are for this planning application. But looking at the quantity and the nature of the application documents we are talking a good chunk of money, presumably coming out of the overall £3m.
Will the Star be reporting on submission of the application and will they be suggesting people register their objection, should they have one? If they don’t do that then it will be quite telling.
I'm really quite cross now, so watch out!1 month, 1 week ago #3206
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I will be composing a hard-hitting letter about this (which will include my letter to David Ellesmere)!
I tried to download all documents for review but the site crashed merely navigating the pages of the documents. Very frustrating.
I am sure the green granite is a metaphor. Like a fish tank/pond etc. that hasn’t been cleaned out in a while! It looks very slippery.
This was completely bodged. They didn’t want to have to spend another £30,000 for a new competition.
Arup? They clearly said it would be going out to tender! (I only managed to view one document which I took snips of images from so I apologies if its obviously stated in the documents)
I would be surprised if the fees are below £200,000. I cannot see them agreeing to modify the designs that they were approved of for nothing. Did IBC send them more cash for extra hours of work? Or has it been agreed they can add such fees onto the final project cost? It concerns me deeply that we are told “£3m” and “likely less than £3m“. How much less? Notice a pattern? The budget is £3m. It is unlikely to be much cheaper when they know there is that much money available… I don’t like being told by government officials that there will be cost-savings without being able to give a figure, this is likely to be stretched out (like all works are in Ipswich) thus costs will be higher than originally planned, so maybe no cost-savings at all. We cannot trust Ipswich Star to reveal the facts or hold the council and the vision group accountable.
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