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Ipswich: Developing ‘Northern Fringe’ for housing could be worth £30million to borough and county councils

15:26 03 February 2014

The Northern Fringe in Henley Road, Ipswich

The Northern Fringe in Henley Road, Ipswich

Developing the Ipswich Northern Fringe could bring the borough and county councils a £30million bonanza over a number of years, it has emerged.

They could get the windfall, in addition to increased council tax receipts, from the government’s new homes bonus.

The news comes as the borough starts its latest public consultation programme over the plans for the Northern Fringe development.

An exhibition showing the plans starts a journey around the town today, when it is on display at the Gainsborough Sports Centre between 3- 8pm.

Over the rest of February it will be visiting Westerfield church, Ipswich Sports Club in Henley Road, Ipswich Town Hall, and Colchester Road Baptist Church.

The exhibition will be staffed by planning officers who will be able to explain to visitors what is proposed.

The government’s new homes bonus currently pays local authorities the Band D council tax value of each property for the first six years after it is built.

In Ipswich this amounts to about £1,600 a year at present. Of this money, 80% (£1,280) goes to the borough and 20% (£320) to the county council.

With between 3,000 and 3,500 homes expected to be built in the area over a period of 10 years or even more, this could bring in more than £30m. However the money would be spread over at least 15 years.

Ipswich borough councillor with responsibility for planning, Carole Jones, said the money would depend on the Government retaining its new homes bonus – and there was no certainty in that.

She said it was important that as many people as possible gave their views on what kind of development should go ahead to the north of the town, in what has now been re-christened “Ipswich Garden Surburb”. This now includes three separate neighbourhoods – “Henley Gate” between Henley Road and the railway line, “Fonnereau Way” between the railway line and Westerfield Road, and “Red House” between Westerfield Road and Tuddenham Road.

The development remains deeply controversial, with residents of north Ipswich and the villages just outside the town fearful that it will result in the town absorbing smaller communities like Westerfield and Tuddenham. There are also worries that the new homes will add significant extra traffic on to already busy roads.

The design does aim at encouraging residents to use alternative methods of transport, including an enhanced cycle route to the town centre and increased use of Westerfield railway station on the edge of the development, but many expect that the majority of residents of the new development will want to use their cars on a daily basis.

Former Conservative council leader Brian Pinner, who lives on what would be the edge of the new development, wrote to the borough saying the whole scheme should be put on hold until the county’s highways department has resolved parking issues.

19 comments

  • Infrastructure first - look what happened at grange farm and the east side of ipswich - gridlocked at busy times due to now new roads . This should come first before any new building and ruining the better side of ipswich . Colchester and Valley roads are heavy with traffic at the best of times , add the massive increase in traffic from this new development and Traffic lights will be the norm (IBC's solution to Traffic !) making it even worse . Northern by pass is need first

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • More concrete to create more flooding, triffic.

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    C Smith

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Councilors and others with influence have stopped development where they live in the past so I'm sure they will do it again. Houses are needed around Ipswich and this scheme should be promoted along with the Northern bypass. I wouldn't put any money on anything happening as people like Pinner will pull strings to make sure it doesn't.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • "What kind of development should go ahead" suggests it will go ahead it's just a few limited details up for consideration. These houses are not needed btw, there's housing vacant now and planning permission granted on less contentious areas. Those options aren't so profitable though.

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    IanW

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Neeeeeever going to happen, not whilst the majority of Councillors are living within the vicinity.

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    Tedbundy

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Does PC Plod live amongst the councillors? and yes - the Northern Bypass is the answer but it will never happen in my lifetime.

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    Star Watch

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Will this crazy lunatic council come to their sense's , This town is crying for new road infrastructure , took me 10 mins from Sainsburys to the Thrasher roundabout , forget about building more houses and raking in more council tax , get the roads sorted out

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Which councillors are those Ted?

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    Occold335

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • As someone that took the single carriage, creaky train from Ipswich-Trimley today ( via Westerfield), I can say thiat this is an under-used line that would need substantial upgrading before it could be expected to serve as a commuter route. I'm pro-development ( with the right infrastructure), BUT, you can be sure that whatever is built it will be leafy streets of detached houses for the sorts of people that drive overly large Range Rovers and have more than one car...You can be sure that the NIMBYs would not permit social housing and small terrace houses!

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Who are these people who will be moving into these houses ? Where are they going to be employed ? Why would they choose to live in Ipswich ? Why would they choose to go into Ipswich ? The reason Westerfield , Tuddenham , Rushmere Village , Henley are nice places to live is that they are NOT Ipswich . This development is not an improvement for Ipswich , it is not required whatever Councillors may tell you . Too many nice areas around the country have been ruined by over development , don't let it happen in Suffolk .

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Councilors and others with influence have stopped development where they live in the past so I'm sure they will do it again. Houses are needed around Ipswich and this scheme should be promoted along with the Northern bypass. I wouldn't put any money on anything happening as people like Pinner will pull strings to make sure it doesn't.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • @Tolly I don't live near the proposed development.

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    IanW

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Councilors and others with influence have stopped development where they live in the past so I'm sure they will do it again. Houses are needed around Ipswich and this scheme should be promoted along with the Northern bypass. I wouldn't put any money on anything happening as people like Pinner will pull strings to make sure it doesn't.

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • As usual the clowns from Ipswich Komedy Kouncil are living in cloud-cuckoo land. Do they really think people are going to get the train in to Ipswich from Westerfield railway station, or cycle in? Actually it would be quite a pleasant ride for a summer day, going into town but the Plod calves would certainly struggle with the return (uphill) journey - and on a rainy winter evening? No thanks. The IBC has a proud record of vastly underestimating people's attachment to their cars, and believe me, Colchester Road will be indistinguishable from the North Circular if this loopy scheme goes ahead.

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    PC Plod

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • I think it will happen. However they have to make traffic issues a priority. Three thousand plus houses could mean a possible five thousand extra cars on the roads of Ipswich.

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    Occold335

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Dates below of the consultations, so lets make sure we ALL make the effort to go along had have our say. For me, this does not work without significant investment in infrastructure, and top of my list is a Northern Bypass. Gainsborough Sports and Community Centre, Braziers Wood Road, Ipswich Monday 3rd February - 3pm-8pm. St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Lane, Westerfield Thursday 6th February - 5pm-8pm Friday 7th February - 11am-5pm Saturday 8th February - 11am-5pm Ipswich Sports Club, Henley Road, Ipswich Saturday 15th February - 11am-5pm Sunday 16th February - 11am-5pm Pickwick Room, Ipswich Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich Tuesday 18th February - 11am-5pm Wednesday 19th February - 11am-5pm Colchester Road Baptist Church, Colchester Road, Ipswich Friday 28th February - 3pm-8pm Saturday 1st March - 11am-5pm

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    mmm

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • @IanW NIMBYism at it's best! "Build in less contentious areas" Has it ever crossed your mind that other areas of Ipswich might not want mass building on their doorstep with the resulting traffic chaos? What is so special about the Northern Fringe?

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    Tolly

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • A Northern Bypass is needed more than this. When the A14 is blocked, which happens more and more, the only alternative is to clog up the town roads for hours at a time. We need a Northern By-pass to stop the town grinding to a halt.

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    N M

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Which councillors are those Ted?

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    Occold335

    Monday, February 3, 2014

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