Ipswich’s first new council homes in a generation are a downpayment on a Labour government, Ed Balls has claimed as he prepares to hand over keys today.

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Ahead of a visit to the town, the shadow chancellor said the council was showing the way and would be used as example of what Labour is doing, both regionally and nationally.

Plans for the houses were backed by the Labour-run Ipswich Borough Council executive in June, and Mr Balls will visit Whitton Church Lane today to mark the completion of the first property.

The largest development is on land at Bader Close in Priory Heath, and there will also be new council homes on a small parcel of land off Coltsfoot Road on Chantry.

The scheme for 120 new homes has seen the borough council work with Orwell House Association, and the homes are being built by Norfolk building firm R G Carter.

Mr Balls said: “It is the first council housing built in Ipswich for 20 years. It is a downpayment on what Labour want to do and Ipswich Labour is showing the way.”

He also said that more affordable homes were needed if the country was to deal with its “cost of living” crisis.

“Even in the austerity of the Second World War the Labour government built homes for people, and we think this is a challenge for the next Labour government to build affordable homes,” he said.

Mr Balls emphasised that Labour house building would be done with “proper planning policies” and said that Labour would “protect the green belt”.

It comes after Labour leader Ed Miliband was accused by communities and local government minister Eric Pickles of wanting to “forcibly rip up green belt protection” when he said this week that councils should be given the power to override neighbouring “home-blocking” authorities and “land-hoarding developers” to build thousands of new homes.

10 comments

  • I couldn't have put it any better A west. Balls and millionaire Blair should be done for treason for what they did to our country

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    m01

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • this is just a load of old balls and an advert for the labour party

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    pandy

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • I wonder if people would be more motivated to work if council houses weren't provided in the first place

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    Juice

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • For Immigrants of all nations no doubt. You have to have, well the word is in his name to get people working and stop Immigration, the socialists just want more Immigration and waste our taxes, look at the Ipswich Council for a fine example. Nasal Ed has no idea of running a political party and Ed Balls is a bad tempered lambs tail, swinging this way and that.

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    a west

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • they must have read your comment [a west] when they handed over the first council house keys.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • a lot of houses over the years have only been bought because the buyers could not get a council house.please stop stop treating tenants of rented propertys as lazy and criminals.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • And yet, despite all those years of Blair and Brown governments, it's only now that much-needed council housing is being built. Not that any sane person would have described government under those two (with Balls involved) as **Labour**. (How did it end up that an old-fashioned Liberal like me was to the left of the Labour party?)

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Many of the council houses sold since thatcher bribed the voters are now owned by Investors !, anyone can 'asset strip' the country for the benefit of inherited wealthy tory investors !!

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Yes, the Conservatives may have sold off council houses to occupiers - not to money making landlords - but how many houses were built during the Labour government?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • What do you mean Juice? Oh, I see...do a day's work and go 'home' to your cardboard box

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    Robotix

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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