New homes approved for Ipswich's old County Hall site

The old County Hall building in Ipswich Image copyright Google
Image caption Modern extensions at the back of the old County Hall will be knocked down to allow for the new homes

Part of the old county council headquarters in Ipswich is to be converted into new homes.

Flats and houses will be built in the courtyard of the Grade II-listed County Hall, once the extensions built in the 1980s have been demolished.

The 16 homes will also take up part of the historic St Helen's Street building, which was built in 1836-37 and used to be a jail.

Ipswich Borough Council's planning committee backed plans on Wednesday.

Planning permission was given last year to turn one of County Hall's wings into a register office, although work has yet to start.

The empty main building has been heavily vandalised since Suffolk County Council sold it and moved to Endeavour House, in Russell Road, in 2004.

County Hall had also been used as a law court before it was turned into council accommodation in 1906.

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