Alton Water Reservoir

Anglian Water has unveiled plans for a new campsite at Alton Water near Ipswich.

The water company is seeking planning permission for 92 serviced camping pitches plus a new shower and toilet block on a field opposite the existing car park.

The proposals, which have been developed following pre-application discussions with Babergh District Council, are part of a long term plan to improve the water park for people and wildlife, which includes other changes such as renovating the existing visitor centre and water sports centre which is popular with local enthusiasts.

It’s hoped the improvements will complement the local council’s plans to attract new visitors to the area which will in turn bring benefits for the local economy and community.

Simon Waters, Anglian Water’s Head Warden at Alton Water, said: “We were delighted when Alton Water achieved Green Flag status last year, an award that ranks it as one of the best green spaces in the county and shows the high standards that are maintained here. The changes we’re putting forward are about encouraging leisure and tourism in this area, enhancing the education facilities and sustainability of the park and improving it for more people to enjoy.

“The water park is already popular with locals and attracts a steady flow of visitors over the year, but we want to make sure it remains a popular family destination. The campsite would allow more people to stay overnight and explore further afield in the surrounding towns, which will have a knock-on benefit for the local business community.

The proposed campsite would be situated on land behind the main picnic area, left of the water sports centre. The edge of the campsite would be landscaped in keeping with the area and parking would be provided on the campsite itself.

As well as the reservoir and water treatment works, the three hundred hectare site has an existing sailing club and water sports centre, fishing and bird watching facilities, footpaths around the reservoir, cycle hire and a café, picnic area and children’s play area.

The plans have been drawn up with advice from the council and Suffolk Wildlife Trust and following extensive assessments to ensure it is considerate to local residents and wildlife.

Anglian Water has already met with the local Parish Council to discuss the plans. The application is now with Babergh District Council for consideration, during which time people will have an opportunity to comment as part of the Council’s planning consultation process.