Ipswich: Northern Fringe work could start before the end of this year

Rod Brooks on the Northern Fringe in Henley Road, Ipswich Rod Brooks on the Northern Fringe in Henley Road, Ipswich

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
4:22 PM

Work on the controversial Ipswich northern fringe could start as early as the end of this year, it has emerged.

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A planning application for the first phase of the 3,500-home development could be lodged in June and considered by the borough’s planning and development committee as early as September or October.

An exhibition showing the proposals for the first phase of the development – now called the Ipswich Garden Suburb – is to be held by Mersea Homes at the Ipswich Sports Club on Henley Road later this month.

Mersea Homes wants to build 900 homes in the first phase of development, between Henley Road and Westerfield Road. It also plans to develop a local centre, including shops and community facilities, and a school.

It is planning to lodge a “hybrid” planning application with the borough. This would be an outline application for most of the development, but a full application for the first 80 homes to be built.

Simon Hoare, who represents Mersea Homes, said the company aimed to completed the development over about eight to nine years.

He said: “The exhibition will give people the chance to see what we are planning and to give their views – they will also be able to raise any issues they feel we have not addressed.

“Providing nothing untoward comes out of that, we would hope to go ahead with our planning application as soon as possible to get things going.”

The borough has still not formally adopted the masterplan for the northern fringe and campaigners have warned that the application is premature.

Rod Brooks, chairman of the Northern Fringe Protection Group said: “The masterplan cannot be accepted until the local plan is formally adopted by the borough, and that is still some way off.

“That makes this application very premature. I think it is far too early for proposals like this to be considered by borough planners.”

He said the earliest possible that the masterplan could be formally in place was during 2015 – and would concerned if there was any attempt to rush a planning application before that time.

However Ipswich executive member for planning Carole Jones said that the fact that there was a draft masterplan under discussion should be considered if there was a planning application.

She confirmed that borough planning officers had been talking to Mersea Homes about the application: “The company has been involved in talking to the community and has appointed someone to liase with local residents, so that is a positive from that point of view.”

Any decision on whether development should be allowed before the end of this year would be down to the borough’s planning and development committee.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer was frustrated that the borough could consider making a decision on the application before the masterplan had been adopted.

He said: “What’s the point of having consultation on a masterplan if you’re just going to base planning decisions on the first draft?

“What really disappoints me is that the borough could have looked for something really outstanding in this part of the town, but the first draft of the masterplan isn’t that outstanding.

“It would be wrong for the council to make a decision based on this draft before it is adopted.”

The two-day exhibition at the Ipswich Sports Club on Henley Road is on Friday April 25 from 10am to 6.30pm and on Saturday April 26 from 10am to 3pm.

19 comments

  • Appears to me that most the additional traffic will drive along Henley or Westerfield Road to Colchester Rd. The Henley Valley Rd. junction is very busy at times now. I shall visit the exhibition next weekend, hopefully find out more.

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    rustic

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • If you ask me most of Grafton Way and Commerical Road could be razed to the ground and turned into garden CITY communities. Revive the town centre, amke it their local place to shop, close to parks, bus routes etc.

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    Sentinel Red

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • As for sugar beet factory site... they did reject an housing estate there. Its equally unsuitable for housing as anywhere else they pick. Honestly, there is no need for housing (wait for it..) in Ipswich. The current housing stock exceeds commercial and industrial job opportunities a few fold... and there is not the infrastructure, schools, doctors, dentist, churches, and shops etc. Converting a few pubs to supermarkets and building the odd convenience store add relatively few additional jobs. Expecting people to commute to neighbouring towns and London by car, bus or train isn't solving the problem. ***** The council has rubber stamped the Harris Business Park (near the rail chord) even when this is developed you know most units will either remain empty or businesses will move from old tatty asbestos units to the new high specification offices. Its not huge but its a large significant relatively-disused size of land but by my logic (based upon other office developments in and around the town over the years - Ransomes Europark, Great Blakenham etc. - nice offices, majority vacant) it doesn't actually create jobs post-construction stage. ***** Some will argue of course they will build new schools, doctor surgeries etc. but this only means teachers have to commute from north of Ipswich to work with lacking infrastructure, outsiders will register at the doctor surgery.. but amongst all there is not the jobs for everyone. Youth unemployment is at an all time high. Thousands of people sign on every week looking for work. We all know Westerfield station (more so the line) isn't capable of transporting so many people daily, due mainly to reliance on the line for freight. ***** If you build houses, people will come. The council should be looking at knocking down some existing homes and rebuilding them. For example, drop a bomb (so-to-speak) on the housing between Chantry and Stoke Park estates. Improve the area, make it a better and more modern place to live. Relocate Suffolk Retail Park from its awful location and put housing there. Perhaps a land swap.. move it to North Ipswich! Why not move the "recycling centre" (thats currently too small for modern purpose - somewhat deliberate) away and build housing there? Why not move the bus depot and build social housing there? ***** So many options, IBC seems really clueless and just getting pressured into creating new homes... the bottom line is Ipswich does NOT need any new homes, the country DOES, there is no reason why they should be located here... (other than justification of a London satellite town destination to increase prices) the Government should be building more new towns, perhaps somewhere North near the border to combat the North South divide as well as closer to the capital. Ipswich is blessed by (if nothing more) being a few minutes away from the country side. Its got to a nice suitable size, we do not NEED or WANT (might be some that disagree) removal of our green spaces... no more chunks out of our parks, no housing along the banks of the River Orwell, ...in theory it would be good for Ipswich to double in size, become a city officially, a unitary authority, and have lots of opportunities based around that, however, quite naturally there is little you can do about the town centre road structure - they did pretty much a lot to widen the roads in the 20th century, cannot do much more without demolishing and starting again. It was never intended to be large!

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Read in between the lines... "Northern Fringe work could start before the end of this year"... really? Noo... "A planning application for the first phase of the 3,500-home development could be lodged in June and considered by the borough’s planning and development committee as early as September or October" ... not going to happen, its solely proposed that planning could be granted before then.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • I thought the idea of building houses on the beet factory site has been rejected in favour of commercial use? Land for housing in Ipswich is limited, which is one of the reasons the airport site was built on. The real difficulty is that the local councils won't work together and SCC has no strategy for anything except looking after their political friends, not considering the interests of the residents as a whole. Bring on the Northern bypass!

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Lakota, I realise not all are anti-bypass but it's a political hot potato in that it would benefit Ipswich, and Felixstowe Docks, hugely but it would not actually be in the borough. It's a political hot potato and it's very noticeable that the subject is at worst ignored and at best given lip service by the relevant MPs. Suffolk CC seem intent on grinding Ipswich to a halt rather than facilitating, or even backing, the most beneficial solution.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Isn't the Beet factory site in Babergh? Also it seems to be a site for commercial development, as this online property advert copied next seems to state. The former British Sugar site is for sale freehold and could be suitable for a variety of commercial uses such as offices, port related activities, logistics, hotel, retail warehousing, showrooms, sports and leisure and waste management, subject to planning permission. The site is convenient for the A14. Terms: Unconditional offers are invited for the freehold interest subject to any tenancies.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Esco Fiasco - Not all of us on the Northern Fringe are anti-bypass. I am anti Garden Suburb however as it will create a traffic nightmare. I agree with Sarky Sage that there are other sites that may be more suitable.

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    Lakota S

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Infrastructure first ? When this get permission it will cause the area to become a place people won't want to live . The Traffic will be a nightmare . Look at the queues of traffic at rush hours now along the bypass , then double it and think of the chaos ! Northern bypass is a must , then imagine what this area would be like with the bridge shut !

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • 3500 houses means approx 7000 jobs to pay for them - where? The local roads are not going to be capable of taking the resultant traffic. "The company has been involved in talking to the community and has appointed someone to liase with local residents"... yes... we have all had the invite to the meeting. Cart before horse - where will the council reps be for those of us that don't want the development there in the first place? Sugar beet site in Sproughton road is right by the slip road to A14 and could cope immediately with the extra traffic. Has the world gone mad? We should use up available redundant land before commandeering green field areas. This towns planning is already blighted by previous good intentions.

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • With a bit of luck this might mean that Greater Anglia will stop trains on the Lowestoft Branch at Westerfield again. Which would be very useful even to people like me living in the East of Ipswich.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Dear Tedbundy. Yes Ipswich wasis working class. And I was proud to come from a hard working Town which was a rarity in the South. But we are not anymore. Look around you those jobs have gone. Thus we have to adapt and become a commuter towncity for London in the East. An upgraded rail line, upgraded A12 and A120, better roads around Ipswich all depend on Ipswich looking to the future and not its past. Garden City here we come is my vote.

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    The Ginge

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Gordon, Ipswich is a working class town, always has been, always will be. The reason the shops you get in Norwich and Cambridge is because they wouldn't sell enough to cover the rates. If you look at the demographics of a shop like House of Fraser or Superdry they are generally in places more affluent and no tarting up of the docks or better infrastructure will ever change that.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • It is all very well starting a new project but there are bigger issues that should be addressed first. The first being the waterfront. It should be the hub of Ipswich and a selling point to any area. Unfortunately it is a concrete mass and an eyesore at present. Why is there a lack of encouragement to invest in finishing this which in turn will offer additional housing. Secondly is the lack of shops in the town centre. There are not enough global brands being enticed to the area and too many shops are shutting down. It is all very well building all these new homes but what is there to entice people into the town centre? 99p and £1 shops just dont seem to tick the boxes and shouldnt really be the direction that Ipswich should head in. Will there really be a demand for these houses on the back of this?

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    Gordon Sharples

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Not just roads, schools, parents cannot get their children into schools of their choice, doctors, I cannot get an appointment to see my family doctor, can take up to three weeks to see a particular doctor.

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    this is what we pay tax for

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Maybe as the Government (sorry Nick Clegg) wants to build 3 new “Garden Cities” then Ipswich can offer to be one of the development centres and have the Town remodelled with Central Government money ? The fact is with Suffolk Coastal, Babeigh and Mid Suffolk determined to stick all their housing development on to Ipswich without a central strategic plan the whole area is going to come to a standstill. It is going to happen anyway so as we wouldn’t be complaining about the development it is a win win for Local people who get the infrastructure we need and central Government not having to deal with Nimbys. It truly needs some big idea thinking on this otherwise it will be 7,000 car journeys in the morning trying to force their way down Valley Rd or through the DalesCastle HillWhitton area to the only good quality road in the area the A14.

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    The Ginge

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Hmm, be interesting to see what 3500 houses and the increase in traffic will do to their opinions then!

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • But Ted, residents around the Northern Fringe are extremely anti a bypass, so they will have to put up with the increase in traffic through their villages and residential areas.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Fine, if you build a northern bypass, otherwise it will be another bottleneck, Yes we need new houses but we also need the infrastructure to cope with it, the way we are going the town will be a permanent 247 gridlock.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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