Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Options revealed for northern fringe development

13:55 26 November 2012

Rod Brooks on the Northern Fringe in Henley Road, Ipswich

Rod Brooks on the Northern Fringe in Henley Road, Ipswich

DETAILED options for the creation of a new “garden suburb” on the northern fringe of the town are to be debated for the first time tomorrow.

Thousands of new homes, primary schools, shops and a country park are among the proposals for the 480-acre site, which is expected to take shape over the next two decades.

Ipswich Borough Council’s executive is to have its first discussion about the options for a masterplan for the site, which is due to be finally approved in the second half of next year.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said the plans were an opportunity to build a “new community” whereas campaigners who have formed the Northern Fringe Protection Group expressed concerns over the increased traffic the development would bring.

The proposals focus on building up to 3,500 new homes on the site, together with three new primary schools, a new secondary school, a district centre and two “local centres” of convenience stores.

It is recommended that about 51 per cent of the land (247 acres) would be set aside for housing, and about 160 acres would be set aside for a country park and other open space.

Mr Gummer said: “The borough council has a great opportunity to use the northern fringe to create a really exceptional new community – I hope they take that.”

Local residents have formed the Northern Fringe Protection Group to try to ensure the best possible protection for the area.

Protection group chairman Rod Brooks said he believed there were positive and negative aspects to the proposals.

He said: “From a positive point of view, it is good to see they are putting in a good amount of green spaces and the density of the homes is not as great as they were originally talking about.”

Mr Brooks added: “The main concern we have is that there is not enough thought that has been given to the traffic problems that it will cause.

“It’s all very well to say people can use public transport to get to work – but if you don’t live in the town centre that doesn’t apply.”

What is your view on these proposals? Write to Your letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starnews@archant.co.uk

Related articles

1 comment

  • New roads don't come into it as far as this council is concerned , Ipswich desperately need that northern BY-PASS , GET THAT SORTED BEFORE YOU CLOG THE TOWN UP WITH MORE TRAFFIC from new housing estates .

    Report this comment

    MIGUEL100

    Monday, November 26, 2012

Police respond to a reported stabbing at Ipswich hospital.

Suffolk Police have launched a double murder investigation after two men died after being stabbed in Ipswich on Thursday.

Stock image of the A12 in Colchester.

A teenager was cut free from a coach by firefighters after a four-vehicle crash on the A12 in Colchester on Thursday.

Police respond to a reported stabbing at Ipswich hospital.

A man and a teenage boy were stabbed this afternoon in Ipswich at West Meadows near the Whitehouse Interchange.

Stephanie Phillips. Pic: Suffolk Constabulary.

Police have said they are “anxious” to find an Ipswich woman who has been reported missing.

Police investigating a sexual assault in Colchester have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to. Pic: Essex Police.

Police investigating a sexual assault in Colchester have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to.

Strikes bowling alley in Sudbury could be demolished and replaced with seven smaller industrial units

Concerns have been raised about plans to demolish one of the only leisure facilities for young people in Sudbury.

A heavy police presence has been reported in the area

A heavy police presence on the westbound side of the A14 opposite the Whitehouse Asda on Bury Road was reported this afternoon.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24