DON’T expect to drive to work if you buy a home on the new northern fringe development. That’s the blunt message from the county council to anyone considering buying a home on the 3,500-home new community over the next few years.

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The Conservative county cabinet yesterday considered its response to the borough’s planning blueprint for the development.

Cabinet member with responsibility for planning and transport Guy McGregor said: “We are very concerned that Ipswich Borough Council has not considered the impact of all the new housing on the roads.

“At present, their proposals are inadequate, and we ask that they reconsider the plans in the light of our feedback.”

He said active measures would have to be taken to prevent private cars joining the area’s congested roads during rush hours – probably by setting up traffic lights to hold them on the development.

“If you have a car, don’t expect to drive it into Ipswich, or off to Bury, Colchester, or Norwich during rush hours,” he said.

“Of course there should be no problem at quieter times but it is important that people moving to the area know what the situation is.”

He said there should be adequate public transport for the new residents – and new cycle routes would be created.

Mr McGregor said the borough should look at developing more brownfield sites in the town before the northern fringed was developed.

That prompted Labour leader Sandy Martin – a member of the borough executive committee – to ask: “How can we get more brownfield sites developed? There are planning approvals sitting on many brownfield sites in the town, and no one wants to develop them!”

Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors from the north of Ipswich said there was no sign of the traffic issues being resolved.

Robin Vickery and Mary Young both called for a new relief road to be built from the northern fringe to the A14 near Claydon.

Mr Vickery said: “If you think you’re going to build thousands of new homes and their owners are not going to use their cars you are living in dreamland!”

Lib Dem councillor Inga Lockington lives on Westerfield Road, one of the routes that would be most affected by the new development.

She said: “The road cannot cope now. The roads around Bolton Lane are seriously congested and there has to be major improvements. No one really knows how to cope with this.”

The borough will consider all the representations about the northern fringe over the next few months and is expected to produce a detailed planning masterplan towards the end of the year.

Should northern fringe residents be banned from using their cars at rush hour? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

26 comments

  • Wouldn't be interesting to do a survey of SCC Officers and elected members as to how they travel to Endeavour house? Walk? Bike? Bus? Drive and leave at Park and Ride? Drive and have a parking slot in Ipswich? We would then see if what is being preached is also being practiced! If it isn't being practiced, it should. SCC, "the Greenest County" need to lead by example!

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    SOCS

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Brilliant! Just what the town needs. A ghetto on the edge of town where we dictate to the residents how, when and where they can travel. Sounds idyllic - can't wait to move in! Time to get real IBCSCC - either build the roads or restrict development to brownfield sites.

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    Don Draper

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • John Smith

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Bring back the trams.

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    SuffolkBoy1956

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Perhaps Messrs Martin & McGregor already have a 'cunning plan', increase the number and height of speed humps, let the pot holes deteriorate then nobody will be able to drive anywhere !

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • planning is a joke! some one is probably getting plenty of back handers from developers wink wink

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    rumbler

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • “How can we get more brownfield sites developed? There are planning approvals sitting on many brownfield sites in the town, and no one wants to develop them!” The answer to that question Cllr Martin is simple. Stop authorising development on non-brownfield sites and making it far too easy for the developers to take the easier, and less expensive option of developing a nice clean field rather than a rough ex industrial site. You never know, Ipswich might actually get better as a result.

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    Suffolk Boy

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Brilliant! Just what the town needs - a ghetto on the edge of town where we get to dictate to the residents how, when and where they travel. Sounds idyllic - can't wait to move in! Time to get real IBCSCC - either build the roads the development requires or restrict development to brownfield sites.

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    Don Draper

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Aren't members of the Northern Fringe going to be treated to a pimped up Westerfield Train Station, surely many will be treated to a luxury many residents of the Town simply aren't and will be able to commute into central Ipswich?

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    bconnelly55

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • the traffic system already is a joke. normally have to go down the a14 to get across town thats good for the enviroment !! suppose it is ok for the majorty of people as they dont work anyway.! must rush got a hour drive to get across town !!

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    rumbler

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Aren't members of the Northern Fringe going to be treated to a pimped up Westerfield Train Station, surely many will be treated to a luxury many residents of the Town simply aren't and will be able to commute into central Ipswich?

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    bconnelly55

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • If there are developers wanting to plough money into new housing, why don't they use that money to develop the wine rack!

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    RC

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • I can't expect to drive to work and arrive on time now! I live off the Bramford Road, and whether I turn left or right out of my road I am hit by temporary traffic lights and minimum 20 minute delays, the planning of the roadworks has (as usual) been excellent. Well done IBC!

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    ElaineD17

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Whatever planned development in the town or surrounding areas needs careful consideration to the roads and infrastructure, long before the number of homes. A typical journey from Foxhall Road to Grange Farm, via Bell Lane takes 35 minutes at 5pm on a work day. Problem being the totally shambolic traffic light system at Bell LaneMain Road Kesgrave and the equally poor roundaboutlights accessing the estate. But also to add to the equation the number of drivers who jump the red lights and decide to sit in the yellow chevron box (no cars zone)!! When it snows in Kesgrave!! A normal 34 mile journey to get off the estate on Ropes Drive is an average 35-45 minutes. The moral is the even the newest of estates were not planned correctly for the number of vehicles.

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    Adrian Norman

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • SCC at least recognise that a major traffic problem exists Any development on Northern Fringe cannot really go ahead without relief roads being built People living on a new development will need to get to work, children to schools etc and will use cars, no matter what councils think I assume thoughts of controlling traffic at peak times by stopping people by using traffic lights was said tongue in cheek, it's a ridiculous idea IBC must start taking notice of residents concerns We elect them to represent us, not be ruled by them! I have nothing against building new homes but it must be done in the correct way and with approval of the people of Ipswich

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    neilf

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Wouldn't be interesting to do a survey of SCC Officers and elected members as to how they travel to Endeavour house? Walk? Bike? Bus? Drive and leave at Park and Ride? Drive and have a parking slot in Ipswich? We would then see if what is being preached is also being practiced! If it isn't being practiced, it should. SCC, "the Greenest County" need to lead by example!

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    SOCS

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • If i want to drive I will drive ! Public transport is to slow and not compatible with modern life style. Presently my car is off the road and when I had to our child to nursery it took 8 bus journeys and nearly 4 hours of public transport. By car it was a 20 minute return trip twice a day !!! Do these moronic people actually think people will not drive. Luckily I am on holiday at the moment but if i was not I would need to take half a days holiday just to get my child into her nursery. The problem with all these new developments is 15- 20 years ago they would get the green light but the council would tell the developer this is fine but you spend so many million on upgrading the road infastructure to support the increase of cars. Now they do not make them do this as they have no care for the enviroment or infastructure but take 10% of each site for social housing instead to house people on benefits as there is a shortage of social housing.

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    the opinion man

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • The congestion will only get worse. Are people aware of the www.travelipswich.co.uk website where all the current roadworks are explained along with the Urban Traffic Management Control system that is to syncronise all the traffic lights? Also are people aware the following junctions are to be made traffic light controlled? Valley Road with Norwich Road, Woodbridge Road with Argyle Street, and Felixstowe Road with Nacton Road.

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    On Two Wheels

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Shouldn't SCC be sorting out their schools which are amongst the worst in the country and lobby their tame government to provide sufficient budget both for schools and to build the Northern bypass that has been needed for years? What do they think the County Council is for? Perhaps County Councillors should only be allowed to decide on things that affected them personally rather than issues that affect others. The attitude expressed above, if it reflects the CC thinking is pathetic and explains why Suffolk continues to stand still while adjacent counties prosper.

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    amsterdam81

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • They should just scrap the entire scheme. Maybe in someone's daft little imagination you can tell homebuyers, "Please, pretty please, don't use your car. Be nice and ride your pushbike to work instead, and I'll be your best friend." It doesn't work like that. Look at Grange Farm and Ravenswood where they built houses with driveways for the single car they thought families might own. What happens? There are cars and vans parked all over the place, and goodness knows what would happen if they tried to get a fire engine down some of those roads!

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    PC Plod

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Doesn't this all just emphaise what a complete shambles two-tier local authority is. The County is too big to be small and receptive, and too small to make financial savings from scale. Stop stealing our children's future Mr McGregor. They need modern, efficient and reasonably priced homes - with of course roads!

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    Peter Wyburn

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • It's simple stop all the people who live outside the borough and who sneer at at living in the town from coming into work. They are the ones who are clogging up the roads

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    m01

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • To On Two Wheels: many thanks for that transport link - I have searched in vain, not only on this useless paper's website, but that of the IBC and SCC and found NO mention of the current roadworks in the Chevallier Street etc area. I am amazed the Star calls itself a local "news" paper - they haven't even mentioned these hold ups in the infrequent travel "news".

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Like Ipswich Borough Labour councillor Tracey Grant before her, IBC and SCC Conservative County Councillor Judy Terry volunteered at yesterday's SCC Cabinet meeting that she too has been "thinking creatively" about existing residential sites which are "past their sell by date" within her "patch', ie the prefabs in Rushmere (which are in fact much loved by residents and local people alike). She has even arranged an architect's concept plan to show what could be done to the area, knock 'em down and double the site density!. I wonder, have the current prefab residents been consulted on this? Has she shared this architect's design with them? Will the private prefab owners face compulsory purchase? I think the prefab area is a little oasis of charm, peace and calm. It's part of our "local character and heritage", which IBC is currently consulting on too. Given the choice of living in a "past it's sell by date' 1940's prefab with it's sense of space and garden to living on Hayhill Road, or on the new social housing on Wherstead Road or on the likely high density urban complex which we are likely to get on the Northern Fringe, whether we like it or not, I know the prefab would win hands down for me. Maybe the next round of local elections might prove an interesting and testing time for both Labour and Conservative, incumbents, neither who live in this area, if the present prefab residents and other interested residents on the Rushmere Estate hear of this!

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    SOCS

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • At long last, it's official from the councils. Ipswich local authroities finally admit that Ipswich is an anti car zone. How any new developments can even be considered for building without a business case relating to schools, medical facilities, shopping facilities, the road infrastructure etc is beyond belief. It's as if our local councils are deliberately trying to kill the town off...............and they are most definately succeeding!

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    england1770

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Brilliant thinking m01! So anyone who wants to come into Ipswich is banned? I would suggest that Ipswich would welcome as many visitors to the town as possible. Or our you suggesting that only people who live in Ipswich should be allowed in? Would they be allowed to drive out of the town by any chance?

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    england1770

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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