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Plans to turn Ipswich County Hall, former home of Suffolk County Council, in St Helen’s Street into 40 flats to be decided





Plans to convert Suffolk County Council’s former headquarters in Ipswich into as many as 40 flats will be decided next week.

In 2018, plans were submitted to Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) seeking to turn the grade II-listed County Hall, in St Helen’s Street, to one and two-bedroom residences.

Suffolk County Council moved out of the building into its current premises at Endeavour House in 2004, with initial plans to turn the building into flats approved in 2020.

Suffolk County Council's former headquarters in Ipswich is set to be turned into flats. Picture: Google
Suffolk County Council's former headquarters in Ipswich is set to be turned into flats. Picture: Google

However, the plans were never finalised, which has led to them going before planning once again, according to the council. Revised plans were submitted ahead of the meeting.

The proposals are set for approval next week, provided a recreational avoidance mitigation strategy is completed.

A financial viability report, finalised this week, estimated the gross development value of the project would be about £10,361,115, while gross development costs would be about £11,307,317.

Cllr Carole Jones, IBC’s portfolio holder for planning and museums, said the authority would love to see progress on the plans because it was such an important building for Ipswich.

The building was a courthouse before it was in use by East Suffolk County Council and then Suffolk County Council from 1974.

It was where Wallis Simpson was divorced from husband Ernest, allowing her to marry Edward, Duke of Windsor.

Cllr Jones added: “It’s such a dramatic building. It’s in the dead centre of town as well as being both listed and historic.

“Bringing it back to life would be really good.”