Ipswich: Is this how the future looks for the town’s northern fringe?

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Monday, August 18, 2014
10:56 AM

Could this be what the first new homes on the northern fringe – or Ipswich Garden Suburb – look like?

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Designs show homes of many sizes on first phase

The detailed application for 80 homes in the first phase of the Mersea Homes development shows two and three-storey designs built out from a single road that is effectively a cul-de-sac – at present.

There are various different styles proposed – from two-bedroomed terraced “starter” homes to four-bedroomed family homes.

In this application there is no mention of other services, but it is only the first of six phases of development on the central section of the northern fringe which could last over 10 years depending on the level of demand for the homes.

The second phase of development includes the site proposed for the new primary school, but that is unlikely to be built until a later stage of the overall scheme.

The district centre will be created during the third and fourth phases of the scheme, while the last two would be mainly new homes alongside the railway line.

The outline proposal does not appear to vary significantly from the masterplan that is due to be debated by the full borough council meeting on September 17.

Essex-based housebuilder Mersea Homes has submitted a “hybrid” application to develop farmland between Westerfield Road, Henley Road, and the East Suffolk rail line.

The outline application is for up to 815 new homes, a district centre and a primary school.

However included in this application is a detailed bid to build 80 new homes on part of the site immediately to the west of Westerfield Road.

This would have its own access on to the road – to the north of what will eventually become the main entrance to the development.

The outline application includes major changes to Westerfield Road. Initially access to the site will be via two normal junctions.

However eventually the section between the main entrance to the development, about 150 metres north of the last homes currently, and the entrance to the first phase of homes could be turned into a dual carriageway with roundabouts to cope with vehicle movements.

Mersea Homes also propose making changes to the Westerfield Road roundabout at the junction with Valley Road and both the Henley Road and Dale Hall Lane traffic lights on the same road.

This has prompted Rod Brooks, from the Northern Fringe Protection Group, to warn that motorists using the old Ipswich by-pass will face months of disruption – with the road being closed for part of the time.

He said: “Whatever happens in the long term there will be a great deal of disruption on the roads while this work is going on.”

Mr Brooks feels that the council has no option but to get on and adopt its planning masterplan for the northern fringe so it has a detailed blueprint in place before it considers Mersea Homes’ application.

“The application is premature, but the council needs to have something to judge it against so their hands are tied on this rather,” he said.

20 comments

  • Maybe it would be better for IBC to ensure the docks area development is completed before starting on this one. And anyone with two brain cells can see what the traffic will be like on valley road when this is finished. But I guess it was inevitable. It's the only area under IBC control that they haven't ruined yet!

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    Gobby

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Here's a suggestion...what about building this development on the old sugar beet factory site? A huge plot of land with easy access to the main A12 and A14 trunk routes. No congestion caused on inner bypass. It's been said that the soil is contaminated...? Well that problem didn't stop the development of the houses on the old Tannery site in Bramford Road. It turned a root crop into sugar.....it's not a nuclear power station!!!

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    waspie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • A Modern development ! God forbid , they built 6 bed houses on Grange farm with 2 parking spaces ! Ravenswood is just as bad ! Roads are too narrow too . Compare the new developments to Broke Hall and see how much better that was designed in the 60's . All Owner occupied too .

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • That looks almost as awful as Ravenswood.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • So, in the future, everybody wears onesies? This has to be my biggest fear depicted here.

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    Liam Dodd

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Im afraid, were all doomed!!!

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    Johnsons

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Where are the jobs to employ the residents of these new homes? Perhaps they are all destined for London commuters? I echo the comments below, brownfield before our valuable and diminishing farmland.

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    Steve Blake

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I can't see how they can consider this application until the master plan is agreed and the impression I get is that traffic concerns have been raised by a lot of people and have simply not been addressed satisfactorily yet. Meanwhile its in the interests of all those who care about this to view the current application on the IBC website and take the opportunity to comment before the deadline for consultation expires which is in about a weeks time I think.

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    mmm

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Jeez when will it end?, we should not be building on our farmland. Should not be housing the rest of the planet. Even a little rain now causes flooding they will only learn when it is all too late.

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    C Smith

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Local residents will be asked for their opinions, and most will raise very valid concerns, primarily about congestion and over development etc. However, all of this is to give the illusion that people have an input on the decision making process. The sad reality is that the decision has almost certainly been made and it's just a matter of time.

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    Adrian Day

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Why don't we look to develop the Area around Wherstead Copdock where there is a Road Structure to take the additional traffic 3,500 more homes will create, the same also applies to the derelict Park and Ride site near Asda and old Tooks site , maybe that too easy solution and politically not acceptable to ipswich!!....Lets look beyond politics and take on rational and economically viable developments, or is that too much of our weak councillors!!

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    keith hawes

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • What about the traffic???.....Its all very well working on roundabouts and road junctions, but the roads can only take so much traffic, the old bypass road will become a smaller version of the M25 during school and working hours!!...Yes we need houses, BUT will somebody come up with a sensible and workable plan to deal with the thousands more cars!!....Its the council that should deal with this problem , not the housing developers who have only one interest, build more and more homes!!... I JUST DONT THINK the council officials have the ability to deal with this problem, they just hope it will go away!!....COME ON, WAKE UP IPSWICH, TRAFFIC WILL BE A NIGHTMARE unless additional roads are built, how about the developers building a northern bypass before they get permission to build the thousands more home, only trouble is, nobody in the council or councillors are strong enough to tackle the problem "head-on" ...especially when very few if any councillors have a business background!!

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    keith hawes

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Isn't most land that isn't already built on "farm land" unless it is being used for gravel or mineral extraction (like the Cadastral Park site)? Not sure which other farm land that the objectors would prefer to be used. The key planning decision needed before these new homes is to build the Northern Bypass though. Which of our MPs is going to show the necessary leadership?

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • If this development goes ahead, the place will look very similar to Grange Farm. Who came up with "Ipswich Garden Suburb"?

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    BigGeoff

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • To The Ginge: but will this be a "planning decision behind closed doors"? The Planning Committee next meets on September 3rd and the papers for these meetings are usually available on the IBC website a week or more in advance. Also I believe that these meetings are open to the public (although the room they are usually held in isn't very big). What I do think though is that ANY decision should be deferred until the wider Strategic Plan is finalised ... a Plan which should not in any way be driven by developers breathing down the Council's neck! However, the Northern Fringe issue has been around for such a long time that one begins to think that Councillors will only finalise their plan if the developers do "push" them.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • More houses being developed on farmland. Isnt there loads of research that says we are loosing our ability to feed the world because farmland is being turned into other uses, such as solar farms and housing. But thats all right, we'll just ask those 3rd World Countries to grow more food for us as we have used all our land. We should not touch farmland until ALL brown field sites are exhausted - but of course, there isnt so much profit in developing those sites !

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    DebenBlue

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • This is the problem. No detailed plan put to the media for distrubution before building starts, a planning decision behind closed doors etc etc. The simple fact is there should be no changes to Valley Rd or Colchester Rd at all. Tough luck that estate will have to queue up to get out, it is not the rest of Ipswich's fault that those houses are being built somewhere with no road infastructure. Let the rest of us get around and they will have to wait. And by the way ugly terraced housing is not my idea of a Garden Suburb or stunning high spec development. Its Pinebrook or wood etc all over again, ugly boxs at massive profits.

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    The Ginge

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • someone could get hit by a car tomorrow or maybe the Queen will pay a surprise visit. it's an article written informatively and thoughtfully,it encourages speculation without stating that it will be the finished outcome.sometimes the seeds of a story grow into a major development,sometimes they don't.

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    Stewart Lennox

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • No mention of what is really needed, a Northern By Pass to give another major route for all the increased traffic and for when the Orwell Bridge is closed ?

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    freedomf

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • "Could this be....?" Well, you tell us! Will there be a new development of houses looking just like those in that drawing, or not? You're supposed to give us concrete NEWS, not ask us to join you in mere speculation. If you can't tell us now, come back when you can!

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    blue&white

    Monday, August 18, 2014

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