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CABE calls for Insall to be rejected in Ipswich

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Donald Insall Associates' Ransomes Wharf project in Ipswich has come under fire from CABE, which has called for the scheme to be refused planning in its current form.

The practice is proposing a mixed-use towers development, which will be mainly residential but will also include leisure facilities and a hotel on the lower floors. However, CABE believes the chosen height and massing of the development is 'not acceptable'.

The CABE report goes on to state that the project does not meet any of the criteria required to develop a tall building set out in its document Guidance on Tall Buildings.

CABE's report states: 'We support the aspiration to bring forward development that actively addresses the waterfront. However, we do not believe that a convincing case has been made for the quantum of development or chosen height, massing and siting of the blocks, in particular the tall buildings.

'The CABE Guidance on Tall Buildings states that to be acceptable, any new tall building should be in the appropriate location, should be of first-class design quality in its own right and should enhance the qualities of its immediate location and setting.'

The report adds: 'This proposal does not meet that criteria and should not be given consent.'

At the time of writing, Donald Insall Associates was not available for comment.

by Richard Vaughan

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