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PARISH OF PINEWOOD
Pinewood is a large parish within the Babergh District of Suffolk, England and although not part of, is located on the south western fringe of Ipswich. The boundaries of our parish stretch from the Ipswich boundary to the A14 and A1214 corridor to where it meets at the Copdock Mill Interchange. We are nestled between Ipswich and the surrounding parishes of Wherstead, Belstead and Copdock and Washbrook and Sproughton. Pinewood benefits from having 'Belstead Brook Park' within the parish, a pleasant place to walk and observe the wildlife.
The Parish mainly an urban area, was formed in 1994 as a result of a boundary review, the parish has continued to grow in popoulation through a number of new residential developments and now has around 5000 inhabitants (3400 local government electors) in 2000 homes. The name 'Pinewood' was formed through combining the names of the two main residential areas at the time i.e. 'Pinebrook' which was previously within the Copdock and Washbrook parish boundary and 'Brookwood' previously within the Belstead parish boundary.
The parish benefits from a Community Hall which was built in 2008, Baptist Church, Doctors Surgery, Hairdressers, Convenience Store, Takeaway Food Outlet, a privately run Nursery School, a school for Children with disability, a recently built Sixth Form College completed in 2010. There is also a large retail Park within the boundary which includes a variety of big name stores and food outlets and a 'Park and Ride' bus service into the Ipswich Town Centre.