TENSIONS ran high as a community gathered to get their opinions heard on the Northern Fringe development proposals.

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Crowds converged at Northgate Arts Centre in Sidegate Lane West last night to hear borough and county council representatives answer concerns and queries about the plans which would see 3,500 homes built over a 20 year period.

Three options have been put forward for the land, between Tuddenham Road and Henley Road to the north of Valley Road.

Many of the concerns raised at the public meeting were over traffic and congestion in the area which residents feared would increase once plans are put into effect, with some questioning what could be done to ensure constant tailbacks and delays did not occur.

Others voiced concerns over bus lanes, traffic lights, car parking spaces, the impact on hospital and medical services and the necessary utilities the new development would require.

Green spaces was also an issue for those currently living in the area, with one resident arguing that the proposals for the southern part of the development lacked green spaces.

The group was told that the plans were not “set in stone” and that they should put forward their wants and needs during the consultation process, which ends of February 22.

Steve Miller, the borough’s town planning manager, told the group that while currently in an economic recession it was still vital to plan for the future. He said: “We can’t squander this opportunity. We have to meet the long term requirements of the borough.”

Speaking after the meeting, borough council Carole Jones – who chaired the discussions – urged members of the public to put their opinions across. She said: “The council has a government requirement to produce a master plan and this is an opportunity for local people to say what they would and would not want to have as part of the plans.

“I would encourage people to come forward with their views.”

Comments about the plans can be sent to Phil Sweet, project officer, Ipswich Borough Council, Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DE.

8 comments

  • While I can appreciate that residents in North Ipswich will have concerns about the development, at the end of the day these are no different to those that have already been over run. With housing being crammed into every tiny space elsewhere this town needs to spread in other directions; we also desperately need a Northern bypass to alleviate the, almost weekly, serious congestion experienced whenever there is an incident on, or anywhere near, the bridge. Northern fringes of Ipswich are well spaced at the moment with lots of land around but we have to think of the needs of all and allow, indeed encourage, more development.....affordable development...where there is the space to put it.

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    Irene Wragg

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Bigger is better, more houses is better, more roads is better and last more greed is better but who for not Joe public they just want to get on with there life, if we stopped Immigration it would help with the need for more houses. In 200 years we wont have any countryside to look at. Should build in Chipping Norton where the senior parliament people live if they dont want it why do they think we do. Andy

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    a west

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Well they should learn from the errors made at Grange Farm Kesgrave and the entry and exit from this massive Housing estate . The roads that lead to and from it (Main Road Kesgrave and Foxhall Road and Woodbridge Road Ipswich) have never been improved and causes congestion everyday . If they must build new houses in this area the existing roads need improvement first . Don't expect Ipswich BC will learn and it will do what it wants and cause no end of Traffic issues all round the town with their ill conceived ideas of Ipswich becoming a City ! The Town is now somewhere where people don't want to live or come to . I've lived around Ipswich and worked here for 5033 years and have seen the decline. Fortunately for me i don't live in Ipswich but very near . Why can't houses be built in other areas rather than spoiling one of the betterbest parts of Ipswich ? Just becasue there is space there does not mean we build there , does it ? Why can't we fill in towards Hintlesham for Example or Claydon . Near to the main roads would be better as they are more capable of handling large amounts of Traffic A12A14 ?? Westerfield Road and Tuddenham road can't

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Sadly, Save Our Country Spaces, SOCS feel allowing this land to be developed may not achieve necessary affordable homes, as the landowners can be "let off" this requirement and policy on "viability" grounds. ie insufficient profits made if they were forced on the issue.They will refuse to build. Secondly, the recent Ipswich BC "Draft Biodiversity and Open Space Policy" confirmed that there has been a long standing open space "deficit (since first identified in the 1960s) in the NW North and North East of Ipswich. As St Margaret's and Westgate wards, followed next by Castle Hill are the most densely populated wards in the whole of Ipswich, this is also needed all the more. There is also poor provision for accessible public sports provision (as opposed to private provision)in this area. The North Fringe area must address all this deficit and it also has a legal duty to alleviate the pressures on the Deben and Orwell sites which will be overburdened. In addition a country park is needed to offset the 4,500 or so homes in the plan, but again there will be no guarantee of this and it won't be achieved till late in the build, just like the promised secondary school and other important infrastructure. So it would seem, ALL existing Ipswich residents will have to put up with considerable disruption of increased traffic, and pressures on all services like health, social care and schools UNTIL l sufficient building has taken place to warrant the new services. Readers may wish to revisit the "Hayhill Road Experience" which was in the Evening Star, EDP etc in 2007 before making a judgment on the development to get a feel for what might be in store? Green light for allotment development - http:www.edp24.co.uknewsgreen_light_for_allotment_development_1_113781

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    SOCS

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Sadly, allowing this land to be developed may not achieve necessary affordable homes, as the landowners can be "let off" this requirement and policy on "viability" grounds. ie insufficient profits made if they were forced on the issue. Secondly, the recent Ipswich BC "Draft Biodiversity and Open Space Policy" confirmed that there has been a long standing open space "deficit (since first identified in the 1960s) in the NW North and North East of Ipswich. As ST Margaret's and Westgate wards, followed next by Castle Hill are the most densely populated wards in the whole of Ipswich, this is also needed all the more. There is also poor provision for accessible public sports provision (as opposed to private provision). The North Fringe area must address all this deficit and it also has a legal duty to alleviate the pressures on the Deben and Orwell sites which will be overburdened. In addition a country park is needed to offset the 4,500 or so homes in the plan, but again there will be no guarantee of this and it won't be achieved till late in the build, just like the promised secondary school and other important infrastructure. So it would seem, ALL existing Ipswich residents will have to put up with considerable disruption of increased traffic, and pressures on all services like health, social care and schools UNTIL l sufficient building has taken place to warrant the new services. Readers may wish to revisit the "Hayhill Road Experience" which was in the Evening Star, EDP etc in 2007 before making a judgment on the development to get a feel for what might be in store?

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    SOCS

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • @ Poppys Dad - IBC can only make decisions about what happens within the borough of Ipswich. Martlesham, Kesgrave, hintelsham and Claydon are nothing to do with IBC. Also Suffolk County Council own and manage most of the roads in and around Ipswich. As for people not wanting to live in Ipswich? At last count 130,000 people did. And I'm sure all this students who joined the uni in the last three years from outside the town, even outside the county, even outside the country - over 400 non -uk students - didn't want to move to Ipswich? Were they forced at gunpoint?

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • @A west - immigration is only a small contributing factor to the need for more housing. It's mostly down to our ageing population. People are living longer so they are spending more time living in their old home once their children have flown the nest. If someone stays in their 3-bed family home until they are 80 (e.g up to 10 years longer than they did 20 years ago), where does that new family that needs a 3-bed home live? There needs to be a new supply. Also if there was no new supply house prices would go through the roof even more than they did a few years ago due to a high demand and low availability. It would price most people out of the market completely (as almost happened already!). It's got very little to do with immigration.

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Well said Irene Wagg... they got rid of the airpot (which should never have happened IMO) and have crammed more and more in to arelady dense housing estates, not it's time for something new. Also as you say, a large development like this will likely help support the idea of a Northern Bypass -they don't build roads to nothing! It's got to be there to happen

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    Scott Brock

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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