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Vision to revive western end of Lowestoft's Lake Lothing

PUBLISHED: 08:58 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:58 30 October 2015

Picture shows: Lake Lothing looking towards Lowestoft Harbour and town.
Mandatory picture credit: Mike Page
Various images from Mike Page's new book; Suffolk Coast from the air, published October 2006.
For Archant use only, no syndication.

Picture shows: Lake Lothing looking towards Lowestoft Harbour and town. Mandatory picture credit: Mike Page Various images from Mike Page's new book; Suffolk Coast from the air, published October 2006. For Archant use only, no syndication.

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A vision to transform an iconic part of Lowestoft into a vibrant "lakeside neighbourhood" could provide a "reawakening" effect for the town similar to London's experience with its Docklands, a leading councillor has said.

Although the Suffolk coastal town may not be expecting its own skyscrapers to rival Canary Wharf, planners at Waveney District Council (WDC) have suggested creating distinctive landmark buildings in the western end of Lake Lothing.

A draft concept statement divides the area into sections for housing, employment, leisure and tourism.

David Ritchie, deputy leader of WDC, said: “A lot of people who live here have little idea of what a wonderful area is right next to them.

“Once development starts to take place, it will be an awakening and realisation of what Lowestoft has got.

“Like London’s Docklands and Bristol Harbour, they are all areas people didn’t really visit.

“They are all fantastic now.

“Lowestoft has great potential.”

However there are concerns about whether the vision would actually become a reality.

Read the full story in today’s Journal.

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