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Ipswich pub Golden Ship recommended for housing development

06:00 2 February 2022

The future of a former Chinese pub and restaurant will be decided next week as developers hope to create four new homes on the site.

Planners have recommended that The Golden Ship – formerly known as The Ship Launch when operating as a pub – will become four separate residential units when presented to the planning committee on February 9.

Originally submitted as a proposal for five new houses, developers Keltic revised the plans after feedback from the Ipswich Conservation and Design Committee suggested five was an “excessive number of small units in the building retained”.

Each of the units will be duplex properties – with living and dining areas on the ground floor and two bedrooms on the first.

The Conservation and Design Committee also regretted the “loss of local hospitality” – the pub dates back to the 1860s, when it was popular with dockworkers at the end of their shifts.

It became a take-out Chinese restaurant called The Golden Ship in 2010, but that business closed in 2018 and the building has been vacant ever since.

The plans have been recommended for approval, with conditions, but will be voted on by the Planning and Development Control Committee next week.