Ipswich: Borough faces legal threat from county council

Ipswich Council, based at Grafton House (left) could find itself in court facing neighhours Suffolk County Council which is based over the road in Endeavour House (right) Ipswich Council, based at Grafton House (left) could find itself in court facing neighhours Suffolk County Council which is based over the road in Endeavour House (right)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
9:16 AM

Ipswich council could face a legal challenge from its neighbours across the road over a controversial planning decision to allow 94 homes to be built near Sproughton Road.

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The borough approved the application for the development off Europa Way at its planning and development committee meeting last month.

Officers had recommended the developers should be required to pay £231,439 towards the cost of new school facilities for primary school children – and that seven “affordable” homes for rent should be built.

They had produced an option for a reduced contribution towards new school facilities, £91,038, and nine “affordable” homes for rent.

However their clear recommendation was for the higher figure for education. The report said: “It has been identified that Ipswich Borough has a problem with its primary schools not being able to meet forecasted growth.

“Whitehouse Primary School is the catchment school that does not have the forecasted capacity to accommodate primary school pupils from this development.

“The contribution required from this development will go directly towards providing the additional spaces required. This is a necessary requirement if the development is to be considered sustainable.”

However the Labour-dominated committee over-ruled their officers and voted for the higher number of affordable homes with a reduction in financial support for the school.

Now Suffolk County Council’s lawyers have written to the borough asking for the decision to be reconsidered – and saying that if this does not happen they will seek a judicial review of the decision.

County council leader Mark Bee said: “There is a clear formula for funding of schools when there are large developments, and the borough has ignored this more than once.

“We are concerned that if this is allowed to go through unchallenged, the borough will seek to reduce education contributions when it comes to giving permission for the development of the Northern Fringe.”

He was disappointed that the dispute had forced the county to send the letter added because he wanted to work with the borough – but he was determined to ensure nothing would get in the way of the county’s determination to improve school standards.

“Raising the attainment in our schools is our number one priority – I won’t allow the borough to put the education of children in Ipswich at risk in this way.”

A spokesman for the borough said: “We were surprised by the content of the letter we received today and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

8 comments

  • Why not build some two bedroom affordable bungalows so that older people such as myself can move out from our three bed detached and allow a family to buy it ,,,There's probably lots of older people who want to do this but they want a arm & leg for bungalows

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    MIGUEL100

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Citizen - AQMA = Air Quality MonitoringManagement Area - basically an area where the traffic builds up - so the fumes are making the air quality extremely poor.

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    be36

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • With all due respect what occurred is Suffolk CC has seen much mullar to be had and wants it. The Children in that area shouldn’t be going to Whitehouse they should be going to Springfield InfantsJuniors which is a lot closer anyway, plus a lot normally go to other schools. Secondly if Suffolk CC had built the link roads from Olympus Way to Bramford Rd next to the Sikh Temple and then connected that (maybe getting Railtrack to pay for the bridge as part of permission for the Ipswich Chord) to Hadleigh Rd then we might be getting some benefit for all the houses built along Bramford Rd Sproughton Rd over the last 510yrs. So if Suffolk CC are so worried about the capacity of WhitehouseSpringfield then can we have an assurance it will immediately be used to build extra school places and not be used anywhere else or stuck in a fund and never sees the light of day as a contingency fund ? Plus they can tell their colleagues in the Ipswich Tory command to stop whingeing about the lack of affordable homes built in these developments; you cannot have your cake and eat it.

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    The Ginge

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Why this right now & why does this justify a spread over the front page?Usual old vote tory rollocks just before an election.You want to lose vital services with cuts to the core vote tory liberal or ukip

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    JC

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • What's an AQMA please sir?

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    Citizen

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Seems to be strictly a financial issue and have little to do with education.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • The application was deferred because of SCC Highways concerns over the traffic impact on the declared AQMA's in the area but it seems that the developers promise to issue a few bus tickets sorted that one. It is good to see that SCC are at last putting our children's education before developers profits and it's shameful that IBC didn't do the same.

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    Tolly

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • It's a shame they also don't take into consideration the amount of additional traffic these schemes generate. Bramford Road is now a complete nightmare since the development of Riverside Road housing estates and adding extra traffic lights.Think the council needs to look at where there are schools struggling to fill places and build on these parts of the area.

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    Brenden Ward

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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