Affordable homes scheme progresses

A TRADITIONAL “topping out” ceremony has marked the latest stage in the development of affordable homes for rent on the former County Hall site in Ipswich.

A TRADITIONAL “topping out” ceremony has marked the latest stage in the development of affordable homes for rent on the former County Hall site in Ipswich.

The Bond Street development, which will provide a total of 19 town centres homes, is the result of a collaboration between Iceni Homes with Suffolk Housing Society, Ipswich Borough Council, developers Rainbow Developments, builders Brooks and Wood and the Housing Corporation.

The affordable homes are part of a larger residential development on the disused land at the rear of County Hall.

Iceni Homes is the development arm of Colne Housing Society in Colchester, Suffolk Housing Society in Bury St Edmunds and Cotman Housing Association in Norwich to bring new affordable homes to the region.


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Iceni will be handing over the flats later in the year and they will be made available to nominees of Ipswich Borough Council under the choice based lettings system through Suffolk Housing Society.

Steven Wells, housing portfolio-holder at Ipswich Borough Council, said: “We are committed to and we are continuing our programme of delivering more affordable homes for rent in Ipswich.

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“For the first time in many years, if not decades, we delivered more than 300 affordable homes in Ipswich last year.

“We are confident through our continuing partnership with Iceni Homes and Suffolk Housing, together with the contractors as well as other housing associations, that we will again deliver in excess of 300 homes this year.”

Mike Goodson, managing director of Iceni Homes, said: “We are proud to be involved with a flagship site at the heart of Ipswich with its strong historical and civic connections.

“The new flats will be available to rent later in the year and we believe they will be a popular choice for people needing a town centre home on a well-designed site with access to all Ipswich's amenities.

“We are continuing to work to meet the desperate need for affordable homes in Ipswich by developing balanced communities in a town centre established setting.”

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