Ipswich: Nearly 100 new council houses planned for Ravenswood

Ravenswood housing estate, Ipswich  - by Mike Page Ravenswood housing estate, Ipswich - by Mike Page

Monday, June 2, 2014
9:07 AM

Ipswich Borough Council has submitted plans for almost 100 council homes in the town, it can be revealed.

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Writing in today’s Ipswich Star, council leader and Labour parliamentary candidate for Ipswich David Ellesmere said the plans were for Ravenswood in the south-east of the town.

“Last week we submitted a planning application for 94 new council houses on Ravenswood,” he said. “This is on top of the application for 22 homes on disused garage and garden land at Ulster Avenue.”

The Ulster Avenue development is for a piece of land to the back of a shopping parade where council chiefs are keen to create 22 flats which will be a mixture of one and two beds.

A document detailing the development says there will be 22 flats in five blocks, footways and parking. It will have four two storey blocks and one three storey building.

Mr Ellesmere also said construction work at Bader Close for 108 council houses will begin shortly. The Bader Close project will be the biggest council house scheme in Ipswich for 50 years. The latest site forms part of the Whitehouse estate, which is a purpose-built council estate dating back to the 1930s.

Ipswich Borough Council is on a drive to build more council homes in the town. Mr Ellesmere said the latest application showed councillors were “really delivering” on their election promise.

For more details about the application, or if you would like to have your say, visit www.ipswich.gov.uk.

Do you think there is a need for more council houses in Ipswich? Give us your thoughts - e-mail newsroom@archant.co.uk.

22 comments

  • Yes I agree with how'd the town do regading the fast food factories. Build them & they will come.

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    whiteknight

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • A Palmer....If you're hard working then you can afford to rent. And if you can't afford to rent in Ravenswood then head somewhere you can afford. People with disabilities I have no problem with. Retired .... well if they've lost their home through redundancy or ill health they should receive support, if they've reached pensionable age having taken council housing all their lives then stick em somewhere cheap, if they've never paid in why should they get a lifetime of payouts?

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    daniel ......

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • A Palmer, sorry how many nurses do you know who are on minimum wage?!?!? Don't think so somehow

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    daniel ......

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • royg...because the slums in the Victorian Times worked so well for the country and society.... I repeat myself again, just because someone needs a council home, it does not mean that they're not hard working! Like I have said, old age pensioners, nurses, care workers, single parents, disabled people and hard working families who earn minimum wage all need and deserve a home! People look too much at the value of a house, rather than its actual purpose of being somewhere to live!!!

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    A Palmer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • A Palmer why is it a human right. Why should you be given a brand new house if you don't work and never have any intention of working. I grew up on a council estate in the sixties and most people were hard working I have no problem with that. These councillors would not live anywhere near a council house development but are happy to put it on any one else's doorstep. If you have paid 300k plus for a house you do not want to be living next to a council estate and I foresee a lot of houses coming up for sale at Ravenswood. If the right mix of people are put in these houses it will be fine. The problem is the tree hugging lefties will put problem families in with the good ones thinking it will change their behaviour it won't they will bring the whole estate down. Social engineering doesn't work, the good hard working people suffer the few.

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    royg

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • So Daniel, you expect old age pensioners, nurses, care workers,single parents, disabled people and hard working families who earn minimum wage to live on the streets then, just because the odd person plays the system....stop believing everything the Daily Mail prints!

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    A Palmer

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I agree with plod,what a shame to ruin the nice area

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    daisy

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Some of the comments on here about social housing are disgusting, you should be ashamed to have such ridiculous opinions about the people who have the need for these houses. I live in social housing with my hard working husband of 25 yrs and my two girls, and feel very fortunate to have somewhere to live. Originally we had our own house, things went wrong for us unfortunately, so we had no option, i hope you never have to rely on social housing and be thought of as a second class citizen. Incidentally, we can't stand McDonald's , so put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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    Dalton

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Smokie - good in theory - however you would still need to save up £10000 for a deposit for one of these - which many people can not do, and many people also don't have a secure enough income to take on a mortgage. There would also be such a demand for these affordable homes that the prices would be pushed up!

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • A Palmer....problem is some people think it is their RIGHT to be given social housing, hand out hand out hand out, roll up roll up, we'll pay for your house if you've not done well enough to afford it yourself.....

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    daniel ......

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • how'd the town do........ONE fast food place........

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    daniel ......

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • POPPYS DAD......aware of this, note ive asked WHERE in ravenswood is this. My point is the article talks more about the other two developments and has very little on ravenswood

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    daniel ......

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Instead of social housing, why dont they build some affordable housing in then 100-120k price range to give the youngsters a chance to get on the housing ladder. there are very few houses under 130k in this area and what are about need alot of money spent to do them up.

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    smokie

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Agee with A Palmer - I grew up on a council estate and my parents still live there now. It was a nice community, which was safe and never has had any trouble. Just because it is an area of council doesn't mean it will be a bad area - there are plenty of grotty areas of privately owned or rented properties!

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I'm quite disgusted with some of the comments on here regarding social housing. It is a human right is to have a safe home no matter how much you earn. Just because you need a council house, it doesn't make you instantly a fast-food eating yob! You should be ashamed of yourselves ! Good hardworking people live in social housing as do people that own their property!

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    A Palmer

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • There is already quite a lot of social housing on ravenswood....it's just mixed in with the private homes. New homes are good news.....but I don't envy anyone living there the task of trying to get over that roundabout during peak times!

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    Sentinel Red

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • What took them so long? The land left had been earmarked for housing... seemed a bit bizarre at the time to build so many houses and just leave a bit for a future project...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Way to ruin a nice estate.

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    PC Plod

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Now we know why the fast food restaurants were built on Ravenswood.

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    how'd the town do

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Daniel - We already know about the bader close and the ulster ave builds . This article is telling us about 94 more houses which we were not already aware about

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Council Houses on a private development - NICE ! Just what the residents of Ravenswood want.

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • This doesn't read well at all, the Ulster Avenue site is Whitehouse and Bader Close is off Lindbergh Road, so no where near Ravenswood.......where abouts in Ravenswood will it be? Presumably not near the -close to half a million -5 bed - Charles Church -Latitude development???

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    daniel ......

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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