PUBLISHED: 13:58 09 October 2019 | UPDATED: 13:58 09 October 2019 Reece Hanson A retirement community is to be built on the former Ingate Ironworks site in Beccles. PHOTO: McCarthy and Stone. Archant An 80-home care village is to be built in Beccles town centre after plans were unanimously approved by councillors. The plans for the former Ingate ironworks site on Gosford Road will include 55 flats in a three and four storey building, 23 bungalows and two flats over garages.Concerns were raised, however, over a proposed pedestrian access gate at the northern end of the development, with fears it would lead elderly residents onto a “mud track” behind Fair Close.At a meeting of East Suffolk Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, October 8, Richard Stubbings, speaking on behalf of Beccles Town Council, said: “We like this application but have a number of concerns. We are concerned about a lack of affordable housing and location of the pedestrian access, which is a gateway to nowhere.”We want this community to work, not to be isolated. It is in the town centre and should be part of it.”An independent viability assessment concluded the plans were not viable for affordable housing contributions. You may… Read full this story
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