East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich

The Brief

Paul Basham Associates supported an application on behalf of McCarthy Stone East Midlands for 51 Retirement Living apartments and 11 houses on Lower Brook Street, Ipswich. The site is the former location of the East Anglian Daily Times, a local newspaper for the Suffolk and Essex region. 

Our Approach

Paul Basham Associates initially provided pre-application advice on the suitability of access locations, identifying opportunities and constraints which in turn influenced the internal layout of the site, working with project architects IDP and visual montage consultants Nicholas Pearson Associates. In addition to this, our team offered advice regarding the refuse collection strategy and the parking provision required for the site.

The application was then supported by a Transport Statement, with careful consideration given to the surrounding highway constraints and internal functions of the site.

Comments were initially raised by Ipswich Borough Council regarding the level of parking provided on site. However, we successfully demonstrated a reduction in parking levels against Ipswich Borough Council’s standards due to the sustainable location, evidence accrued from existing McCarthy Stone developments and its proximity to Ipswich’s central bus interchange.

The Result

This site forms an important part of the regeneration of Ipswich and Paul Basham Associates Oxford were delighted to see the site built and in full use.


From our client

The Paul Basham Associates team delivered their usual excellent service from providing initial access and parking design advice at the feasibility stage through to supporting the planning submission with a robust transport statement which secured the support of the Highways Authority. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending their services to others.

Neil Martyn
Senior Planning Associate
The Planning Bureau