The Woodbridge Riverside Trust exists to protect, preserve and enhance the character of the Deben riverside for the benefit of everyone, and to educate people about Woodbridge’s maritime heritage. They are engaged in a fascinating project in the Whisstocks Longshed to create a full-scale replica of the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon royal burial ship. For more information, see their website.
The RDA’s Autumn Meeting on 29th November was well attended with over 150 members present. Giles Merritt, Lead Advisor for Natural England Coast path development in Norfolk and Suffolk, provided a lively presentation about the England Coast Path, with a particular emphasis on Suffolk and the River Deben. To read a full report of his talk, please see here.
Many people will be aware that the old Suffolk Coastal Council offices have been sold to a developer, subject to satisfactory planning consent being received. The design and layout of the scheme presented in the planning application were approved in principle in October but full approval is subject to details subject to details of affordable housing and parking being approved. The approval was given despite more than 300 letters of objection being sent in to the planning department, including a letter of objection from the RDA. The objections mainly centred on the height, scale and density of the proposed new 100 residential units, and in the case of the RDA’s objection, their effect on the riverscape. Other objections included the demolition of the existing offices and the Victorian buildings fronting Melton Hill, the design of the new buildings and the lack of adequate parking. Full details of the application can be found on Suffolk Coastal’s website under reference DC/17/2840/FUL
So far, the final approval is still awaited.