Ipswich: Borough to build nearly 300 homes despite MP’s opposition

Dr Dan Poulter has attacked the proposals for new council homes. Dr Dan Poulter has attacked the proposals for new council homes.

Paul Geater paul.geater@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
10:52 AM

Nearly 300 new council homes are set to be built in Ipswich over the next few years after another site was identified for a major new development.

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However the latest proposal has not gone down well with one of the town’s Tory MPs, who feels council money would be better spent investing in community facilities.

The borough’s latest proposal is to build 74 homes on a parcel of land it owns off Bramford Road on the edge of town.

North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter said there were many developers and housing associations keen to build affordable homes and there was no need for the council to build new houses.

He said: “If the council has money available for capital projects it should look at developing community facilities – there is a desperate need for more community facilities in north west Ipswich and yet the borough says it cannot afford anything.

“I am all in favour of building more affordable homes. Elsewhere in my constituency, in Great Blakenham and other communities, they are being built by the private sector. There is no need for the council to get involved like this.”

The Bramford Road project would come after 107 council homes are built on Bader Close and about 100 homes are built between two other borough-owned sites at Ravenswood and Ulster Avenue.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere said the borough was committed to a long-term programme of council house building to boost the amount of affordable homes available in the town.

Changes to the way the government allows authorities to use capital meant that the borough had about £5-£6million a year to spend on building new affordable homes.

Only a few homes had been completed during the current financial year, which meant this allocation would be put towards the Bader Close development – allowing that to be completed during the next financial year.

“Then we will be looking at Ravenswood where there is outline planning permission and Ulster Avenue.

“The Bramford Road proposal is still two or three years away – but this shows we have long term plans to boost the number of council houses,” he said.

19 comments

  • Good on the Borough and David Ellesmere for pushing ahead with this, of course your Conservative M.P's don't want these built everything is fine in blue world just like the way they deny anybody would ever need to use a food bank.

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    rob bridgeman

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • What everyone is forgetting is how are our Labour run council going to be able to afford to build these new council homes. I'll tell you how - By increasing the rents of low earning council tenants at twice the rate of inflation and ensuring that even pensioners and the disabled pay Council Tax. Don't believe the hype about central government telling advising them of the amount to increase rents by - Labour ignored the government in 2012 over increases and ignores the government when it comes to transparency when it comes to meeting, by not allowing the broadcast or recording by members of the public of ANY of the meetings, so no-one can see that democracy in this town is a phallacy. Decisions are made behind closed doors in Silent Street. It's hypocritical to harp on about ensuring people get a living wage in Ipswich, when they're taxing the poor even more to pay for council housing. Ipswich Labour only want more council tenants, because the vast majority of people in social housing foolishly believe that Labour stands up for the working man or woman. They don't.

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    Mister Cynical

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Councillor Cook, you have proved my point by saying that you're generating the money to pay for these houses from the RENT ACCOUNT - The rents from low earning people who can barely afford to cover bills. It's a disgrace!

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    Mister Cynical

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Just wondering who these houses will be allocated to. Any chance of them being reserved for young working people who are unable to save for a deposit and can't afford private rentals because of low wages? No, thought not!

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    N M

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Another classic from Dr "I employ my mother" Poulter again showing not a grip with reality. Council houses generally speaking (and not being in at any way prejudice) are for those who cannot afford housing. The private sector housing are for those companies who build large houses for profit to those who can afford it!

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    CleverReporting

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • @Pandy 22 have arrived since the new year, stop reading the daily fail.

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    Tedbundy

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The main reason Dr Dan doesn't want these homes built is because traditionally the type of person who would live in a council house is more likely to vote Labour. he doesn't give a monkeys about the facilities in N Ipwsich. The reason the boundaries were changed a few years ago was to ensure that the traditional Labour wards in North Ipswich had their votes watered down by the vastly superior number of Tory voters in the rural part of his constituency. This is why ben Gummer is the MP for Ipswich. he only has a majority of just over 2000. What would have happened at the last election if North Ipswich was not swallowed up by Mr Poulter's constituency?

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    IMP

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • i wonder who will get the houses ? our friends from Rumanian ,Bulgaria or local people

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    pandy

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Dan Poulter may put himself about more than Michaal "The Invisable Man" Lord, but he shows the same ignorance in so far as the urban part of his constituency is concerned. Affordable homes are required and his government has massively reduced the capacity of housing associations to build. Ipswich Borough Council is stepping in to the breach.

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    John Cook

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • If the Tories hadn't sold off all those council houses that, all too often, ended up in the hands of (Tory voting?) property speculators, there wouldn't be this desperate need for more council houses now. Simple.

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    blue&white

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I agree with others who say that building new Council houses is a god thing. However the "right to buy" means that many may be sold out of Council ownership within a few years. Granted, some people will have been housed but unfortunately the total Council housing stock will not have increased as much as might have been hoped.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I agree with others who say that building new Council houses is a god thing. However the "right to buy" means that many may be sold out of Council ownership within a few years. Granted, some people will have been housed but unfortunately the total Council housing stock will not have increased as much as might have been hoped.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The only thing wrong with council houses is the "right to buy issue". Not sure who our MPs expect to build affordable housing as it hasn't been built over the past 30 years to replace houses sold.

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    amsterdam81

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Now let`s see, that`s 74 labour benefit claimants with 10 kids each that equals 740 kids that taxpayers will have to find the money for. Terrible idea.

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    Supernova6

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • You will find the criteria for housing allocation on Ipswich Borough Council's website. Reading it may prove disappointing to "pandy" as may not support hisher prejudices. Taxpayers are not funding council house building. There is a ring-fenced housing revenue account with rent income covering loan costs of historic and new home building, refurbishments etc.

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    John Cook

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Seems the Council are forgetting the population of Ipswich as a whole when it comes to spending tax payers' money - will they be restricting who the prvileged tenants will be, ie people who were born in IpswichSuffolk and have a family connection here - or just anybody who signs up? Will the Council be able to recoup the cost to the town when it comes to selling under the Right to Buy? Seems doubtful..........

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    Johnny

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The reason Tory MP's do not want Council's to build new Council Homes is because it highlights why there is such a shortage of Council Homes to rent at a time when demand has soared !, Thatcher used the 'right to buy' Council Homes to buy her herself votes !, that's the why !!. Now a large percentage of those homes are owned and rented out by 'buy to let' landlords !!, so another unsuccessful tory policy conceived for the wrong reasons !!

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Is this proposal the recent outline application for a development of another 90+ dwellings on Europa Way or an additional site? The Europa Way application makes no mention of who owns the site.

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    Tolly

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Private organisations are available to build houses according to Dan Poulter, ok yes, but they want to build high spec, large houses to make a great profit not small affordable or social housing. Good on the council, only issue is they need to be a variety of sizes and also look at bungalows for an aging population on these sites as well as houses so when council tenants are unable to climb stairs they can elect to transfer to more suitable housing , retain their independence and free up larger homes to families that need them.

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    Footyfan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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