Foxhall: New plans for new homes for AFC Kesgrave

11:45 a.m. September 25, 2022

New plans have been submitted in an attempt to overcome objections to proposals to turn land on the edge of Ipswich into a new outdoor sports venue.

Previous plans to use the former Hollies Sports Center and Social Club in Straight Road, Foxhall as the new home for AFC Kesgrave, one of Suffolk’s fastest growing football clubs, have been withdrawn.

The plans – originally submitted early last year – generated a wide range of objections, with motorway chiefs calling for rejection on road safety grounds, saying there would not be enough room to create necessary visibility flares and not enough room for tractors and coaches to pass at 60 mph. Straight road.

It’s been around 20 years since the site of The Hollies – the former site of BT’s Sports and Social Club and the Civil Service – was used for sport.

Now the Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) has submitted new plans to East Suffolk Council to create six football pitches to accommodate young fives, sevens and nines, and suitable 11-a-side pitches. for older youth and adult football on the 21-acre site.

There would also be a new access to the site and a parking lot with 150 spaces.

AFC Kesgrave celebrate after winning the Suffolk Junior Cup in 2018 – the club are hoping to move to a new 20-acre site at The Hollies at Foxhall
– Credit: BEN POOLEY

In new documents submitted to the council, Hollins Architects and Surveyors, for the SAA, detail the changes made to overcome the freeway problems.

They say the new access would be constructed to standard CSC Highways Development Contract approved drawings, and the visibility flare will meet the required standards.

The documents add: “It should be noted that there will be NO coaches entering the venue with a minibus for away teams only on rare occasions using the venue entrance.”

However, residents of the 14 properties in The Hollies, near Straight Road, and Foxhall Parish Council are still unhappy.

The parish council said: “We are surprised that a new application has been submitted for this site with only minor changes to the previous application which generated numerous objections from local residents, the parish council and highways. of Suffolk County.

“It is clear that Straight Road and adjoining roads such as Monument Farm Lane are inadequate to cope with the additional traffic that such a development will bring, particularly over the short period of land use. This will undoubtedly lead to chaos of traffic in and around Straight Road and will therefore be very detrimental to road safety.”

Carol Grimsey, of civil and traffic engineering consultants GH Bullard and Associates LLP, on behalf of the residents of The Hollies, carried out a detailed analysis of all road routes in the area and estimated that local junctions and access at the proposed site are “unable to sustain any increase in use” and the application must be refused on road safety grounds.

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