Ipswich: Borough bigwigs get preview of new council estate

Councillors are given a tour of the new Bader Close development in Ipswich

Councillors are given a tour of the new Bader Close development in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Ipswich mayor Bill Quinton and senior councillors and officials have been shown progress on the new estate in Bader Close.

The 108-home scheme is the largest council house building project Ipswich Borough Council has delivered in half a century.

Housebuilder Keepmoat is building the homes at the scheme on behalf of the authority – with the first houses expected to be completed by November.

The £10million project includes 77 two-bedroom homes, 11 four-bedroom homes, 10 two-bedroom bungalows and 10 one-bedroom bungalows and is part of the council’s wider plans to build 300 new council homes over the next three years. Work started in July and the whole project is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

Council leader David Ellesmere and housing spokesman John Mowles joined mayor Bill Quinton and local residents for a site tour and an opportunity to see how the new houses are taking shape.

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Residents were shown how the kitchens will look and met representatives from the council’s housing department, who will own and manage the homes.

Mr Mowles said: “Britain is facing a housing crisis if we do not build more homes – with the shortage of affordable properties a particular problem. Ipswich is leading the way with a comprehensive programme of affordable house building over the next few years which we are delivering with valued partners such as Keepmoat.”

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Jason Seymour, new build director for Keepmoat South, said: “Schemes like Bader Close in Ipswich are creating high quality new homes for families in the town in attractive neighbourhoods which we are confident people will choose to live in.

“The first homes will be ready for people to move into later this year and we anticipate they will be very popular with local people.”

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