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Ipswich: Your chance to see plans for Garden Suburb development

07:04 16 April 2014

Rod Brooks on the Northern Fringe in Henley Road, Ipswich

Rod Brooks on the Northern Fringe in Henley Road, Ipswich

The exhibition and consultation about proposals to build 900 new homes as the first phase of the northern fringe development is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to the Ipswich Sports Club in Henley Road next week.


The two-day exhibition is on Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 of April, from 10am on both days.

On Friday the exhibition is open until 6.30pm, and on Saturday it will run until 3pm.

Developer Mersea Homes is hoping to submit a “hybrid” planning application to the borough council by June. This would be an outline application to build 900 new homes and a local centre – including shops, community facilities, and a primary school – and a detailed planning application for the first 80 homes to be built on land between Westerfield and Henley Roads.

However there is growing concern that the application – the first phase of a development that has now been named “Ipswich Garden Suburb” and could eventually have up to 3,500 homes – is coming forward prematurely.

The masterplan for the development is not expected to be approved by the borough until the middle of next year – although senior councillors say that the existence of a draft plan does provide a framework against which an application could be judged.

Simon Hoare, who represents Mersea Homes, said: “The purpose of the exhibition is to bring the local community and stakeholder groups up to speed with the development proposal, to answer questions and provide the opportunity for attendees to comment on the plans.”

Members of the Northern Fringe Protection Group and Save Our Country Spaces are expected to attend the exhibition to take up the opportunity to discuss their concerns with representatives of Mersea Homes and borough planning officials.

The company hopes that application could be debated by the borough’s planning and development committee in September or October.

If approved that could allow the first work to start before the end of 2014 – although it could take eight to nine years to complete the first phase.

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  • are we going to see a northern bypass in these plans if not its going to be a bad mistake due to the amount of traffic this will create on the old road that is already over capacity now, let alone when this is done

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    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • As this whole development will go ahead anyway at some time, the infrastructure must be in place FIRST based on an overall plan which provides solutions to the various concerns that the public have raised, NOT a piecemeal development which this application will be. This application must be rejected otherwise it will be the thin end of the wedge and allow further similar application from Tom, Dick & Harry in the future. I attended the recent council exhibition and discussed the infrastructure and logistics with their representatives but no satisfactory answers were put forward by them, presumably because they don't have any answers. The questions raised included traffic, sewerage, hospital and doctor capacity (are they going to extend Ipswich Hospital?), jobs, everyone in the new development will work in the town centre and use public transport or ride a bike! This application when submitted must be rejected until satisfactory solutions are proposed for all the public concerns for the whole development.

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    Derek Hayward

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • 'Garden Suburb' is just a fancy name for another massive housing estate which apart from vested interests, a government hell bent on wilfully destroying our countryside and subservient Councils, very few people want. It might not be widely known that in addition to reducing planning rules this unelected government removed protection for ancient woods, virtually giving carte blanche to the construction industry which appears to be dominating Cameron and his ilk. Not that its predecessors didn't also ruin much of our landscape, they most certainly did. How many of the thousands of new houses claimed to be necessary are as a result of uncontrolled mass immigration? I think we should be told. Incidentally this pending conglomeration of properties is not in my back yard but my sympathies are with those affected. It would perhaps be more acceptable if a 50-100 metre buffer zone of trees were to be planted but then of course builders' profits would be affected and that will never do will it?

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    Cynical Sid

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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