News From Wherstead

Permission Granted For 75 Homes On Klondyke Field

Thursday, December 13, 09.00

Planning permission has been granted for 75 new houses to be built in Wherstead, against the wishes of scores of villagers. 

Babergh planning committee voted 9-4 in favour of accepting the recommendation to approve the scheme at Klondyke Field alongside Bourne Hill (pictured).

Objectors argued the development on land, below the Suffolk Ski Centre and close to Puddleducks Nursery, would virtually double the size of the village, add even more traffic problems to Wherstead Road by the Strand.

Councillors David Busby and Clive Arthey spoke out against the application pointing out Wherstead was in Babergh, not part of the Ipswich fringe and should not be treated as countryside and not part of the urban sprawl.

Among other reasons for objection, with 85 people writing against the application, one neutral and none in support, were a lack of amenities, lack of school places, pressures on local surgery, sustainability and viability.

The contentious scheme will provide 26 affordable homes made up of one and two bedroom apartments, three two bed bungalows, and two and three terraced homes.

The 49 open market houses will consist of seven three bed detached homes and a mix of bungalows, semi-detached and one and two bed apartments.

Outline planning permission was granted after members decided the application also created short term construction jobs, delivered new public open spaces and play facilities, improved Bourne Terrace (although many objectors live there) improve pedestrian and cycling accessibility and would secure woodland for public access.

Suffolk Highways raised no objections to the development, which will be accessed at Bourne Hill, close to Bourne Terrace.

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Service Station Proposed For Wherstead Junction

Thursday, October 18, 07.00

A public meeting is to be held after proposals for a service station at the junction of the A14/A137 were put forward. 

Developers want to build a large service area with a petrol station, with retail outlets at the top of Bourne Hill, Wherstead.

Pigeon Investment management, as part of the EG Group, have posted a leaflet outlining their initial plans.

The group claims the development would create 99 jobs and improve the interchange at one of the main routes into Ipswich, and on to the Shotley peninsula.

Wherstead parish council have organised a village meeting to discuss the EG Group's proposals.

The meeting will be held in The Room, The Street,Wherstead, on Thursday, October 25, at 7:30pm.

All are welcome, with members of Wherstead's  Parish Council in attendance. 

No formal planning application has yet been made to Babergh District Council, although the developers are understood to have held an initial conversation with planning officers.

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Reason For Wherstead Road Delay Revealed

Peninsula News reader Chris Bergdahl has captured the moment a 166-ton transformer caused delays on the Wherstead Road heading in and out of Ipswich.

The large grey transformer was being transported from the docks to Bramford  power station.

Two lorries were used to move the goliath, but due to weight restrictions on Bourne Bridge, had to uncoupled so they could move across separately.

The road was closed by police in both directions to allow room for the manoeuvre

Once they moved across the bridge the two tractor trailers were coupled so they could complete the journey.

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Close Calls As High Tide Hits Strand

Wednesday, August 12, 16.00

It wasn't just vehicles on the Strand that looked to be cutting it close as the tide hit a high point today. 

While cars and bikes were forced to drive on the 'wrong' side of the road to avoid the flooding, a Dutch Tall Ship had to make a nifty move to slip under the Orwell bridge, as our pictures below show.

Exceptionally high waters along the east coast leading to a danger of flooding were predicted, due to spring tides, with a strong force four westerly wind also forecast.

The exceptionally high waters did not materialise, although the flood tide forced the former freighter to make sure her highest mast, including flag, did not collide with the bridge.

The three-masted schooner Oosterschelde cruised into Ipswich for a 24-hour stop off after sailing up from the English channel, on her way to Vilsjen, in the Netherlands.

Originally built 100 years ago the Oosterschelde

The B1456 along the Srand, and the back roads through Freston will be closed Sunday morning to allow almost 3,500 runners access as part of the Great East Run, although the recently-re-opened pub, the Boot, will be open as usual,

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