PLAN FOR £30M DEVELOPMENT: REGENERATION OF TOLLY COBBOLD BREWERY AND SURROUNDING SITE
Proposals for an exciting new development to continue the regeneration of Ipswich docks and preserve a historic brewery have been put before borough council planners.
The public are being invited to view an exhibition outlining the early stages of the plan, being held at the Brewery Tap pub in Cliff Quay on the 10th of July, from 11am to 3pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm.
The scheme, centring on the former Grade II listed Tolly Cobbold Brewery, aims to provide 48 residential flats, a hotel, a health and fitness club, a medium-sized supermarket and other commercial and retail units. The project could also generate up to 400 jobs for the area.
Clive Thomson, a consultant with Pigeon, the Bury St Edmunds based property company, said: “This is work in progress leading to a formal application for a scheme to redevelop this part of the waterfront. The plans represent an opportunity to continue the regeneration of the area, bringing environmental and financial benefits to this part of Ipswich and the town as a whole.
“This scheme is intended to restore and preserve a prominent local landmark, the Tolly Cobbold Brewery, and bring it back into beneficial use. It is a unique feature in the town and echoes the long industrial heritage of Ipswich.
“The intention is that the brewery building should accommodate a lively mix of public uses, such as speciality outlets, design and craft activities, gallery and performance space and a possible brewery-themed visitors’ centre and micro-brewery.
“The improvements to the listed brewery building are assisted by a commercial return from a proposed food supermarket and other new developments adjacent to the site,” he said. The supermarket will be a medium-sized outlet which is suitable for local needs.
“We are establishing a dialogue with local community bodies, neighbouring landowners and residents, which will continue throughout the planning and development process, and a wider public consultation is currently underway. All findings will be published at the earliest opportunity.
“This development will bring visitors and jobs to the town, as well as being a significant step forward in the regeneration of the dock area, which is all very welcome news in the current economic climate.”
The development is being promoted by Pigeon Investment Management Ltd on behalf of Cliff Quay Development Ltd.