Suffolk

'Traditional' £3m Ipswich Cornhill scheme approved

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Image caption The Cornhill in Ipswich will have a water feature and sculpture

A £3m vision to transform a town centre which was once described as "a bit shabby" has been approved.

The revamped Cornhill in Ipswich will include a water feature and sculpture after plans for a tower were dropped.

Work is due to start on the scheme, which was given the green light by the council's planning committee, in January.

Former Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose had previously criticised the main town centre square.

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Image caption Feedback from a consultation favoured a "more traditional" design
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Image caption Work on the scheme is planned to start in January

The design, drawn up by Belfast-based architects Hall McKnight, revealed a revised "more traditional" design in March after a widespread consultation.

A previously selected vision proposed levelling the Cornhill, which is on a slope, by using a large ramp.

It also featured a "delicate steel and glass" tower in front of the town hall.

Last year, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership announced it is providing £1.6m in funding towards the project.

Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council have already committed £1.75m.

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