A proposal has been approved for the demolition of the former council county social club in Rope Walk with the erection of 12 new houses (6x two-bedroom, 5x three-bedroom and 1x four-bedroom), 2 flats (1x one bedroom and 1x studio) and 4 offices, with a total of 19 parking spaces. An issue relating to access of the site had delayed the proposal but having been resolved, the application was overwhelmingly approved by the planning committee. The buildings themselves will consist of a geometric, contemporary design, clad in white, red and grey render with wooden cladding.
The original social club was built in the 1960s and was home to the social club for Suffolk County Council for decades until their relocation to Endeavour House in 2004. More recently, it was the student union bar for Suffolk College, however, it has sat vacant for many years which has aided the increased crime rate in Rope Walk. Drugs paraphernalia has been found on the site and Rope walk, earlier in 2017, was the scene of a serious sexual assault. This is one of the main reasons for the application being overwhelmingly approved.
Images: Medusa Design Architects