An exhibition detailing a significant expansion to the town will go on display today.

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If planners rubber stamp the proposals, hundreds of new homes could be built – the first major works in the area for some time.

Persimmon wants to build 300 properties at Longstrops, to the south of the town near Dobbs Lane.

The firm is holding a public exhibition of its plans at the Kesgrave Community Centre today from 4pm to 9pm.

As well as the developers themselves, their architects Fielden and Mawson and agents Savills will also be present.

The plans are for a mix of family homes in a variety of styles and sizes, along with some affordable housing.

The initial plans seek full permission for 100 properties, with outline permission for a further 200. Feedback and comments are invited by February 13.

Oliver Hurlock, land manager at Persimmon Homes Anglia, urged Kesgrave residents to take a look at the proposals for the area.

“We are pleased to reveal our early plans for this development and would very much encourage local residents to come along and give us their views on these initial proposals in order to help shape the development,” he said.

The proposed development would be one of the largest to have been seen in the area in recent years – and is effectively an extension to Kesgrave’s Grange Farm community.

The planning application for the development is expected to be considered by planners at Suffolk Coastal council later in the year.

n Does Kesgrave need another 300 homes? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

22 comments

  • My main concern as a resident is in relation to the schools in the area. Primary Schools Heath, Cedarwood and Gorseland are already being pushed on capacity as I am sure Kesgrave High School will be soon if not already. If another 300 homes are proposed, then are there any confirmed plans to ensure that additional schools or school places will be guaranteed. As a resident of Grange Farm with a young family, my concerns are whether my children will be both able to attend a local school. Based on the current trend this is a very big concern and something that the town council and Suffolk Coastal and or Suffolk County need to address. Schooling standards are already questionable based on class sizes and this development if not properly thought out will be a detriment to the area as opposed to a benefit. Traffic concerns are high too as the current A1214 is unable to cope with current traffic demands around rush hour at both ends of the day. Bell lane and All saints roundabout is nothing but a nightmare especially between 4 and 6pm on weekdays and further traffic due to additional housing will only make things worse if this is also not addressed. May I also add that in the new proposed development that due consideration is made to ensure adequate parking is planned into the development. The newer parts of Grange Farm have awful problems due to parked cars on pavements and roads due to inadequate parking facilities for the homes and visitors. As such some of the roads around Pepper place and such like are almost dangerous or impossible to walk on with young children due to the cars that are in most cases illegally parked (if the highway code is taken to the letter of the law) It is clear that progress has to be made in the area of home building to ensure we have enough housing stock available, but this needs to be done with consideration to the people that need to live there as opposed to the building companies such as Persimmon maximising their profits.

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    MK78

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Infrastructure first and foremost! It’s already a nightmare trying to get to and from Grange Farm in the morning and evening without creating a rat run between the Woodbridge road and Dobbs Lane to add to the problems. As for the traffic lights on the Ropes Drive roundabout ……which bright spark thought that one up! The existing schools are full, there’s a small Tesco and a couple of other shops, an overcrowded doctors surgery and there are plans for hundreds more houses! You have to wonder if these schemes are dreamt up by people who don’t actually live here and are sorted out at the golf clubs........

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    Grumpy

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • My main concern as a resident is in relation to the schools in the area. Primary Schools Heath, Cedarwood and Gorseland are already being pushed on capacity as I am sure Kesgrave High School will be soon if not already. If another 300 homes are proposed, then are there any confirmed plans to ensure that additional schools or school places will be guaranteed. As a resident of Grange Farm with a young family, my concerns are whether my children will be both able to attend a local school. Based on the current trend this is a very big concern and something that the town council and Suffolk Coastal and or Suffolk County need to address. Schooling standards are already questionable based on class sizes and this development if not properly thought out will be a detriment to the area as opposed to a benefit. Traffic concerns are high too as the current A1214 is unable to cope with current traffic demands around rush hour at both ends of the day. Bell lane and All saints roundabout is nothing but a nightmare especially between 4 and 6pm on weekdays and further traffic due to additional housing will only make things worse if this is also not addressed. May I also add that in the new proposed development that due consideration is made to ensure adequate parking is planned into the development. The newer parts of Grange Farm have awful problems due to parked cars on pavements and roads due to inadequate parking facilities for the homes and visitors. As such some of the roads around Pepper place and such like are almost dangerous or impossible to walk on with young children due to the cars that are in most cases illegally parked (if the highway code is taken to the letter of the law) It is clear that progress has to be made in the area of home building to ensure we have enough housing stock available, but this needs to be done with consideration to the people that need to live there as opposed to the building companies such as Persimmon maximising their profits.

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    MK78

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • WHY DO YOU CALL IT A TOWN ,,ITS JUST A BIG BIG BIG HOUSING ESTATE , I KNOW COS I LIVED THERE ONCE , AND IT WAS HORRIBLE ,..

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    MIGUEL100

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Too much pressure is put on local authorities to force new develoments through . Govt receives the Stamp Duty so they are quids in . If the local area kept the money it would help . Boris has asked if London can keep the stamp duty for London , why not Suffolk ? We do not want more houses in Kesgrave . The over development at Kesgrave has ruined other areas around it , like Rushmere Village and Martlesham and the housing on the commuter routes in and out of ipswich . The Countryside is what makes Suffolk so lets keep it like it is please .

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • My main concern as a resident is in relation to the schools in the area. Primary Schools Heath, Cedarwood and Gorseland are already being pushed on capacity as I am sure Kesgrave High School will be soon if not already. If another 300 homes are proposed, then are there any confirmed plans to ensure that additional schools or school places will be guaranteed. As a resident of Grange Farm with a young family, my concerns are whether my children will be both able to attend a local school. Based on the current trend this is a very big concern and something that the town council and Suffolk Coastal and or Suffolk County need to address. Schooling standards are already questionable based on class sizes and this development if not properly thought out will be a detriment to the area as opposed to a benefit. Traffic concerns are high too as the current A1214 is unable to cope with current traffic demands around rush hour at both ends of the day. Bell lane and All saints roundabout is nothing but a nightmare especially between 4 and 6pm on weekdays and further traffic due to additional housing will only make things worse if this is also not addressed. May I also add that in the new proposed development that due consideration is made to ensure adequate parking is planned into the development. The newer parts of Grange Farm have awful problems due to parked cars on pavements and roads due to inadequate parking facilities for the homes and visitors. As such some of the roads around Pepper place and such like are almost dangerous or impossible to walk on with young children due to the cars that are in most cases illegally parked (if the highway code is taken to the letter of the law) It is clear that progress has to be made in the area of home building to ensure we have enough housing stock available, but this needs to be done with consideration to the people that need to live there as opposed to the building companies such as Persimmon maximising their profits.

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    MK78

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • We have no infrastructure here to cope with another 300 new homes, the road system is a joke and no more school places to be offered. If it gets voted through their our going to be lots of unhappy residents and teh councillors should be fighting for this to stop. I don't mind new houses which are affordable to be built with not one or two social houses but an infrastructure needs to be developed first.

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    Poppy

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Like others. No homes should be even considered without first improving the roads, assessing the impact on schools and medical facilities. The road from Ipswich to Woodbridge is already a bottle neck at certain times of the day. One final note, Traffic Lights are never the answer to any question!

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    england1770

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • For info on who owns the land at LongStrops and to help prevent this development happening see www.LongStrops.co.uk

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    GOALS

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • im all for new homes , but they need to be affordable homes , also ipswich and the surrounding area has a population of around 155,000 and a road structure for 50,000 , sort the roads out first then build

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    jhughes

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Before ANY new houses are built the road and access structure needs to be improved, no, completely changed. It is an absolute disgrace now, never mind with more houses being built!

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    Michael Ager

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • I see the residents of Kesgrave have the same concerns as those of us who live in north Ipswich. The people who propose these schemes don't accept that people have cars and as has already been said, no development should be allowed to proceed without the infrastructure being in place first and paid for by the developers who are benefitting financially from these developments.

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    Derek Hayward

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • At what point will we decide to stand up and fight these things? When there are no fields and open spaces left anywhere? It will be too late then. Where next for Grange Farm? To completely meet up with Foxhall Road? As a life-long resident of Kesgrave, we all said when the original Grange Farm development was approved that it wouldn't take many years for all of the fields to be swallowed up by houses. That would seem to be the case now. The current road system is already bursting and navigating around Grange Farm is a nightmare because of inadequate parking spaces at existing homes, which are crammed into ever smaller plots, with no consideration for the fact that an average 4 bed home nowadays has 2-3 cars and therefore needs driveway space for that number. What about the schools, doctors, etc, etc? The schools in Kesgrave are already bursting, as can be evidenced by the building work at Bell Lane, which one can only assume will eventually take up the entire playing field - so where will children have to play outside? The 'new' school on Grange Farm - Cedarwood - was built with no forward planning in mind and should have been double the size. The doctors have no capacity for extra patients. Local people need to step up to the mark and voice their strong objections to these plans with Suffolk Coastal, who then need to LISTEN to local opinion and hopefully reject the proposal outright. However, Suffolk Coastal has recently demonstrated that they are unwillingunable to reject a controversial proposal based on local opinion as they must only consider it based on the merits of the plans themselves (a good example of this is Tesco in Aldeburgh). Should this awful development become a reality for similar reasons, then Suffolk Coastal needs to man-up and impose hefty planning restrictions on the developer - ie, the developer will pay for road upgrades, new school, new doctor, etc, etc. Maybe then the whole project will be somewhat less attractive to a money-driven developer and they will quietly disappear.

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    stanleyparrot

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • More homes and no improvement to the roads and the local infrastructure ! We need new homes for first time buyers , not flats but houses . Flats are for the rental market only . Give us some houses around £140150k with garage and driveway and i for one will be in support for new development . Unfortunately houses are too expensive for the first time buyer and this needs to be a priority

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • As a priority the planning permission should include improving the road structure in and around Kesgrave ! Bell Lane is just about wide enough for 2 model T Fords to pass each other !, if a double decker Bus comes along you have to virtually nudge the opposite kerb ! From what I remember of Dobbs Lane, that is not much better ! Foxhall Road needs widening to accommodate all the extra traffic, the main road through Kesgrave is as bad as the M25 !, chock a block most of the time ! But as usual NONE of these improvements will actually take place, so we will end up with just more congestion !! Perhaps we ought to be more like the French, and withhold our ROAD TAX until some of it is spent on the ROADS !

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Don't or should the developers pay for road improvements. I live in North Ipswich and most of the traffic is from outside the town. People need homes and I'm sure some of these whingers live in homes that caused the same argument when they were built. I'm all right Jack.

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    m01

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • The OWNER of the land stands to make more than the builder. The owner will achieve about 10 million I guess. So can we know who the owner is and see if it is someone favoured by SCDC in previous planning applications?

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • The infrastructure definately needs to be improved, the road system is a nightmare and Ropes Drive is not going to cope with 300+ cars going in and out every day. The school hasn't got enough places as it is and I went to the viewing and was told that the woods would not be cut down unless the trees were deemed dangerous. We have lost far too much woodland which was promised to be saved. I have a feeling that if this gets through, the parish and district councillors need to be ashamed of themselves and not look at all the section 107 money they will receive. Lots and lots of unhappy residents who voted you in your seat in the first place.

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    Poppy

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • The proposal would only seem to be viable if an access road is built across Longstrops, a bridalway and public access land. Without this access the proposed site will have no access to shops and the other limited amenities Kesgrave has to offer. Apart from very serious safety issues, such a link would also cause a host of problems to existing residents from traffic congestion and providing a rat run through Grange Farm between Ropes Drive west and Dobbs Lane. The fields south of Longstrops will eventually get developed but it should only be permitted as part of a full developement plan for the area. Until then encouragement must be given to development at Adestral Park as this scheme will provide less impact and more benefits for the area East of Ipswich.

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • It's not a town, it's just a huge housing estate that has no long term viability. I doubt that will stop people "buying" the houses for prices they can't afford using borrowed money that will probably ultimately end up being paid back by the taxpayer. That's progress for you.

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    Tamara Knight

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • My main concern as a resident is in relation to the schools in the area. Primary Schools Heath, Cedarwood and Gorseland are already being pushed on capacity as I am sure Kesgrave High School will be soon if not already. If another 300 homes are proposed, then are there any confirmed plans to ensure that additional schools or school places will be guaranteed. As a resident of Grange Farm with a young family, my concerns are whether my children will be both able to attend a local school. Based on the current trend this is a very big concern and something that the town council and Suffolk Coastal and or Suffolk County need to address. Schooling standards are already questionable based on class sizes and this development if not properly thought out will be a detriment to the area as opposed to a benefit. Traffic concerns are high too as the current A1214 is unable to cope with current traffic demands around rush hour at both ends of the day. Bell lane and All saints roundabout is nothing but a nightmare especially between 4 and 6pm on weekdays and further traffic due to additional housing will only make things worse if this is also not addressed. May I also add that in the new proposed development that due consideration is made to ensure adequate parking is planned into the development. The newer parts of Grange Farm have awful problems due to parked cars on pavements and roads due to inadequate parking facilities for the homes and visitors. As such some of the roads around Pepper place and such like are almost dangerous or impossible to walk on with young children due to the cars that are in most cases illegally parked (if the highway code is taken to the letter of the law) It is clear that progress has to be made in the area of home building to ensure we have enough housing stock available, but this needs to be done with consideration to the people that need to live there as opposed to the building companies such as Persimmon maximising their profits.

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    MK78

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • The OWNER of the land stands to make more than the builder. The owner will achieve about 10 million I guess. So can we know who the owner is and see if it is someone favoured by SCDC in previous planning applications?

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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