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Thumbs Up For 'Stunning' Shotley Lodge

Sunday, July 8, 11.00

There was resounding approval as scores of people took advantage of an open day for the 12 new two-bedrooms waterfront apartments at Shotley Gate. 

Many locals mingled with visiting yachties and property buyers to take good look around the Shotley Lodge development which overlooks the river Stour.

Comments about the apartments, which start in price from £255,000, included:

  • "Simply stunning. This will be fabulous pace to live."
  • "Incredibly high standard of finish."
  • "Bigger than I thought they would be, very clever design with good storage too."
  • "I love the kitchen/diner area looking out down the river"
  • "I can see myself working from home here. Looking up from my computer now and again to take in the amazing sights either down the Stour or across to Harwich."
  • "I have heard so much about them so I and to come and see for myself. I have to say i was extremely impressed."

 There are two types of apartments with one with an internal area of 911.7sq ft, (84.7sq m) and the other 799 sq ft (74.3 sq m), but all have balconies opening out to marvellous vistas, underfloor heating, dedicated car parking, and a storage area.

Oak effect flooring, top quality showers and bathrooms, a high standard of finish throughout, along with Bosch appliances and lifts to each floor, add to this excellent living space. 

With excellent transport routes to London, Norwich and Cambridge from nearby Manningtree or Ipswich stations,  a ferry across to Harwich and Felixstowe within walking distance, and a five-star marina just along the river front, these apartments are uniquely situated.

Saville are marketing the properties and can be contacted on 01473 234800 or mturner@savills.com. 

Open Day At New Shotley Lodge Apartments

Monday, July 2, 18.00 

Home hunters are invited to an open day at Shotley Lodge, on Saturday, July 7. 

Enjoy the views, take a look around inside and get a feel for the amazing new apartments in Shotley Gate, with prices starting at £255,000.

The finishing touches are taking place at the 12 luxury apartments ahead of the chance for potential buyers to be the first to snap up these homes with stunning vistas over the River Stour and across to Essex.

Each apartment (artist's impression right) has two-bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the living area leading out to balconies  with fabulous views down the river, or past the historic Admiralty pier to the estuary.

Oak floors, Bosch appliances, top quality bathrooms, lifts to each floor,  dedicated car parking and storage spaces, make these desirable properties, close to the ferry across to Harwich and Felixstowe, and within easy reach of Ipswich and Manningtree stations to reach London in an hour.

The Open day is from 11am - 1pm.For more details contact Savilles.

New Homes For Admiralty Pier

Tie your yacht up to this 108-year-old former Royal Navy pier and stroll into a luxury house with fabulous views down the River Stour. 

Built on the site of an old boatyard, replacing a 45ft high boat shed, next to Admiralty pier, the new mix of  homes are expected to be completed early next year.

Opposite the notorious Faith, Hope and Charity steps, which were used by trainers at HMS Ganges to access the pier, where they learned to sail on cutters and whalers. 

The Queen is among the many important people to be landed at Admiralty pier, which also .

Superstar Moves Into Shotley House

Sunday, April 1, 06.00

Star of stage and screen Philip Schofield has moved to Shotley. 

The Good Morning presenter bought a house in Blake Avenue, Shotley for £10.5million and was spotted as he took an Easter break  from his television show.

Mr Schofield, who is 56 today, will be celebrating his birthday in traditional Shotley style with a pub crawl starting at the Shotley Rose, this morning, then down to the Bristol, nipping into the Sailing Cub and finishing up down the Shipwreck, he would have gone across to Harwich but the ferry is not running yet.

Neighbours are buzzing about their new celebrity arrival who cut out any chance of an interview, although was happy to silently pose for a picture at his new front door.

Mrs Nosey said: "He seems  lovely man, always smartly dressed, and always smiling.

"We noticed him the other way when he moved in and the former owners, a Welsh couple who used to come and go at all times of the day and night, moved out,

"Apparently they had a Gin Palace called Llafir Pool  down Shotley marina and have gone sailing the world, well down to Ipswich anyway."

 Mr Schofield, who has presented Dancing On Ice, The Cube and Mr and Mrs, has promised to get involved in village life and wants to join Shotley Drama Group, but has to go through rigorous audition process first.

Shotley Open Spaces has accepted him as a volunteer and Mr Schofield plans to join the Bristol Arms darts once he proves he can hit the board.

It is not known if his co-presenter Holly Willoughby has been to Shotley to visit as yet but the star of shows such as Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Dr Doolttle is expected to be on the Walkers Are Welcome birthday celebrations starting with a walk from the pub at 11am tomorrow, Monday.

Shotley Lodge Appealing Apartments 

A dozen high end apartments with stunning views in Shotley looking over the rivers Orwell and Stour are set to be completed ahead of schedule.

Each of the two-bedroom homes come complete with en-suite bathrooms, a balcony offering amazing views over a protected areas in a beautiful corner of Suffolk are due to be ready for moving in by May this year.

The 12 new homes on the former Shotley Lodge site each have a parking space underneath the building, with electric car charging points and a space large enough to stow a small boat, dinghy or kayak.

Built by the owners of Shotley Marina as part of a regeneration of the area keen interest is already being shown in the luxury apartments.

Prices are available on application to the estate agents Savills  

Anger as Victorian Garden Comes Under Threat

Monday, March 26, 06.30

Villagers are prepared to fight to save a Victorian Walled Garden, which is under threat from developers.

Owners of the site along Nursey Lane, Woolverstone, are seeking to rescind an agreement, called an S106 agreement) which was made to protect the Walled Garden as part of the permission granted to build houses on the land which formally made up Doubles Nurseries.

The agreement stated that the owners of the largest house built, a five-bedroom home, would be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the late 18th century walled garden.

The developer George Braithwaite now want to build a three-bedroom house, which would overlap into the Gardens and the owner of that home would then be responsible for the Grade II Walled Garden.  

A dozen concerned neighbours held talks before Woolverstone Parish council on Thursday to discuss ways of getting their message across to Babergh Distict Council planners.

The parish council agreed they would write to Babergh’s heritage team and Historic England reminding them of the importance and history of the Walled Garden which was originally part of Woolverstone Hall, built in 1776 for William Berners, who was of significant importance to the Shotley peninsula and the village of Woolverstone in particular.

Ward member Cllr Derek Davis said he would ask for an extension of the consultation process due to the planning portal being down, and the parish council meeting being delayed due to unforeseen circumstances

 Parish councillor Mark Bostock, who lives next to the site said: "This is the thin end of the wedge.

“If the developers get permission for this then we could see a housing estate being built in these very important Victorian gardens.” 

The unique gardens, one of a few surviving in Suffolk, were built with soft, orange/red bricks, laid in English bond, dentilled top course and gabled coping.

The rectangular shaped plot, comprised of a central garden surrounded by a part-buttressed wall on all sides and two smaller slip gardens to South and East.

An open area to west containing large C20 glass houses. C20 concrete render apparent on the wall between the central and East slip gardens. The East wall has later C19 modifications to accommodate the Dairy Farm. 

Two doorways with shallow segmented brick heads in centre of long sides, third battened door in the North wall leads to the former Head Gardeners cottage. Late C18 or early C19 wrought iron gateway, leading into the estate parkland, in centre of North wall comprises single large gate with side panels and an overthrow, decorated with scroll-work.  

The wall remains substantially intact and the gated entrance to the estate, doorways into the garden and internal sub-division are surviving significant features.

Developer George Braithwaite argued in his planning statement that: “The new proposal would rationalise the layout of the site to improve access to dwellings, create a better functional relationship between dwellings, their associated curtilages and the retained listed structure within the curtilage; and resolve conflicts between the various planning permissions, the related S106 and the approved lay out."

Members of the public can share their views on the application by going to Babergh planning website using reference DC/18/00535

Councillors Want More Time Before Commenting On Glamping Site

Friday, March 16, 23.30

Plans to open a glamping site, and build a shower block and café, near the Commonwealth war Graves at Shotley Church, are to be further scrutinised by the parish council before it sends its comments to Babergh’s planning department. 

Although the parish council cannot decide on whether planning permission is granted or not, it does as a statutory consultee, have the right to say if the agree with the plans or not. 

The matter was discussed at last night’s parish council meeting and despite the chairman Barrie Powell’s attempt to have it rubber stamped, councilors chose to wait until they had all the details. Some councilors said they would visit the site first.

Six glamping pods, with events’ hosting building including a shower block, toilets and storage space along with 10 car park spaces, on land adjacent to Frogs Alley in the old part of Shotley.

If granted, the outbuilding would be made of aluminium in a black graphite colour, while outside lighting at the new car park and shower block with toilets, will also be added.

The applicant, Mr Craig Mills and landowner Miss Charlotte Davitt want permission for the glamping and events location to be open 24 hours a day, all year round.

 Access to the 8,627 square metre glamping site would be down a single track along Frogs Alley, and is part of a public rights of way footpath leading from the church to the Orwell.

The vineyard is in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, over-looking the river Orwell and is also in a conservation area, and is part of a Site of Scientific Interest.

An area has already been cleared at the vineyard, which is yards from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s memorial to sailors that lost their lives in the Second World War, and is also close to the CWGC’s cemetery dedicated to former Ganges boys, the Submariners’ memorial, and graves of German and British sailors that were lost in action during World War One.

Members of the public can also have their say on the planned development.

The application DC/18/00873 can be found on the Babergh planning applications page here.

Stutton Plan Open For Debate

Villagers in Stutton have been given the chance to meet and discuss plans about the future of housing and amenities.

A public meeting will be held at Sutton Community Hall on Monday, February 5.

Parishioners will hear the pros and cons of developing a neighbourhood plan, included the estimated costs, of any such plan, which is put together after a survey within the village.

Representatives from Babergh District Council and East Bergholt Parish Council, that has been through the process, are due to be in attendance to talk and take questions.  

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