Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Work begins on only 50 new homes in a year

09:00 11 January 2013

John Mowles, David Ellesmere, and local councillor Bill Quinton at Bader Close.

John Mowles, David Ellesmere, and local councillor Bill Quinton at Bader Close.

Archant

THE dramatic slow down in construction in Ipswich was today laid bare after government figures revealed that work began on only FIFTY new homes in the town during the last financial year.

shares

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) statistics have prompted the Labour leader of the borough to claim that new council homes were “the only show in town”.

The revelation came as the government announced it was making £1.25million available to the borough through the “New Homes Bonus” to encourage more new properties to be built.

The DCLG figures show that 290 new homes were completed in Ipswich in 2011/12, including 90 “affordable homes” – but no new social housing build projects started during the year.

The borough is currently planning to build a total of 120 new council houses on three sites in the town – and council leader David Ellesmere said the figures showed how vital these were.

“We are the only organisation currently geared up to begin new housing projects,” he said.

“The largest development is at Bader Close. The council tried to find a private sector developer to take that on and build homes but no one was interested so we are going ahead and doing it ourselves.

“It was called a ‘vanity project’ by (Conservative MP) Ben Gummer, but the fact is we are the only show in town.”

Mr Ellesmere said the figures showed the importance of getting the Northern Fringe masterplan drawn up and started on.

Mr Gummer said the New Homes Bonus should encourage more affordable homes to be built.

He said: “I am delighted that the government is continuing to focus on house building. Some of the work I do as Ipswich’s MP involves finding homes for people who do not have a permanent address, so I know how important increasing the housing stock in Ipswich is.

“I am especially pleased that the New Homes Bonus gives extra incentives for councils to build affordable housing.”

Is enough being done to build new homes in Ipswich? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

THE borough council has launched a new drive to bring empty homes back into use.

“Report it empty” allows members of the public to make the council aware of properties they believe have remained unoccupied for more than six months.

Borough housing spokesman John Mowles said: “We are determined to tackle empty homes in the town. Most could be brought back into use to house families in need of accommodation and we offer advice and support to owners.

“We don’t want to see homes remain empty for any longer than is absolutely necessary. The advice and incentives will, we would hope, be sufficient to achieve this in the majority of cases.

“However, the council does have Compulsory Purchase Powers (CPO) that can be pursued if necessary and we are prepared to take that path as a last resort if all else fails.”

shares

3 comments

  • How about Mr Ellesmere and his colleagues get to grips with all the brownfield site lying abandoned throughout the borough before building on greenfield sites such as the farmland the Council so dismissively call the "Northern Fringe" just to meet some arbitrary targets. It's not a fringe, it's the real thing; working agricultural land that doesnt need to be or should be concreted over.

    Report this comment

    Steve Blake

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • The council should use some of those powers and move tenants out of properties that they no longer have need for , and put them into smaller house's

    Report this comment

    MIGUEL100

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • well done ipswich borough council new council homes for ipswich at least we lead the way in something....

    Report this comment

    jhughes

    Friday, January 11, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The A1092 through Clare was closed following the accident.

A cyclist who died following a road traffic collision in Clare on Sunday has been named as Sean Hickey from Connaught Road, Haverhill.

Ipswich Town Hall.

District councils in Suffolk and north Essex spent more than £20million on redundancy packages over a five-year period, with some departing staff receiving six-figure payouts, an investigation has found.

Mike and Natalie Gee are upset and worried at having to pay £13,000 for the council to make modifications to their home in Ipswich. Natalie has recently become paraplegic after a spinal injury and is in a wheelchair.

“I just want to be a mummy again” – that is the message from an Ipswich woman who was told she would never walk again by doctors.

County Hall, Chelmsford.

An Essex education chief has warned the government to “think carefully” about plans to force all schools to become academies – as figures revealed County Hall could lose more than £1billion in land assets if the proposals go ahead.

Pupils and students, outside Bealings Primary School, whowere due to strike today.

Schoolchildren across Suffolk are “on strike” in protest at controversial tests for six and seven-year-olds.

The new Ipswich police headquarters from insurance company offices in Civic Drive in July 1968

In the summer of 1968 the Ipswich Police Station moved from under the Town Hall to a new building at the junction of Civic Drive and Elm Street. 
Last June work started to demolish this landmark building and the site is now being converted to a temporary surface car park.

The Middy in the war years event at Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Wetheringsett.

A large number of visitors attended a Suffolk heritage railway’s annual 1940s event during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24