Ipswich: Northern fringe “not good enough” for town as Tories ask for changes to plan

Ben Gummer on the site of the northern fringe Ben Gummer on the site of the northern fringe

Thursday, August 28, 2014
9:03 AM

The proposed Ipswich Garden Suburb masterplan is “not good enough” for the town according to the Tory opposition on the borough council.

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The masterplan is set to be debated at the borough’s full council meeting on September 17, but official representations had to be submitted by the end of last week to allow the agenda to be drawn up. The Conservative opposition has worked with MP Ben Gummer to produce a five-page document calling for changes to the masterplan to ensure it is good enough for the town – and will not add too much to traffic chaos.

Mr Gummer said: “The masterplan as it currently exists simply is not good enough for the town. This will be a major development and we have to get it right. It needs to be exceptional, and the borough is simply not ambitious enough.”

Conservative group leader Nadia Cenci said: “I think we all accept that this development is going to happen – but it needs to be really fantastic and this masterplan does not do that. It needs to be improved significantly before it comes up for approval on September 17.”

And local people felt they had been ignored as the council and its consultants David Lock Associates had drawn up the plan.

She said: “Having repeatedly ignored concerns raised by residents, Conservative councillors and our MP, Ben Gummer, Labour gave us less than a week to put together our comments and serious concerns about their failing SPD (supplementary planning document).

“This document covers our most serious concerns, about a lack of planning for infrastructure, about a lack of quality, and about transport. Residents are resigned to having housing here, but they want to ensure the houses are of the highest quality.

“We hope that at this late hour they will finally listen to residents and the Conservatives, reflecting our concerns in the proposals going to Full Council next month.”

The meeting will be held at the Council Chamber in the Town Hall at 6pm on September 17.

12 comments

  • Indeed this needs a heck of a lot more thought, It is already bedlam on Henley Road and through Westerfield in the mornings and at rush hours already without these Barbie doll estates being knocked up and bashed out by a load of quick quid developers and Ipswich council yes persons. We don`t need another development such as Ravenswood and Grangefarm which are truly fantastic on the interior but try and get out at 800 to 8.30 am and it is murderous. Ipswich road system was developed many many decades ago (before the war even) and never has been updated accordingly and cannot cope with the additional traffic. One day like the railway system it will go "Pop"

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    Ander P

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • The plan can't be approved without SCC agreeing the road traffic proposals so I don't understand why they have either not agreed or otherwise tabled alternative proposals. Clearly the northern bypass issue is with them, not IBC. The main problem is that SCC are only interested in the rural voters. Greater Ipswich really isn't on their radar.

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • R2D2, Why should the focus always be socialaffordable housing? why should we live in a socialist fashion? it is after all a completely failed strategy. We need to invest in good quality housing, attract quality retail brands to the high streets and invest heavily. If we look at Suffolk, Ipswich is almost on par with Lowestoft for being run down and degraded. The councils need to do whatever they can to make radical improvements, not just for tomorrow but for today. The vision cannot just be long term, it needs to be here and now! we need further investment for growth, and to attract that investment we need to improve Ipswich radically and that doesn't mean by building a greater socialist environment. Investment equals jobs, jobs equals money and money equals opportunities.

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    Rory Breaker

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • I'm sure we all want 'houses of the highest quality' in our neighbourhoods but that's not going to happen whilst the planning regulations from Government allows developers so much freedom. The developers will build what they can sell - full stop. This Northern Fringe debate has cost Ipswich council tax payers a fortune over many years mainly to placate a lot of NIMBY's. It's unfortunate that Mr Gummer doesn't pay the same attention to other developments within the Borough which impact on declared AQMA's and also push for a Northern Bypass. Oh, but that's SCC and there is no political gain in that.

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    Tolly

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • @Stokeparkcllr. What about affordable housing and social housing or is this just an elite suburb. On the Northern Bypass, this should have been started 20 years ago. Sadly it will not be built in my lifetime and I'm not old.

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    R2 D2

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • IBC has a Transport portfolio and its more than just about a northern bypass or other roads to alleviate future congestion. Ben Gummer has been communicating for months with ALL local government and the problems are much more than just this. He has had meetings with IBC and SCC and also called in his own experts. He has worked tirelessly. Residents ahve been consulted on but consultation is more than just asking, its about looking at the response and acting on it - not ignoring most of the comments made. We can't just build on Brownfields - it isn't enough and nor will it attract people to the town. What we need is an inspirational masterplan with ideas of what types of houses we want that we consider to be quality,to attract great house and amenity developments. The masterplan is reactive rather than proactive. This is not about politics but about making sure generations to come to not look back and say what a great opportunity we missed to have a fantastic development with much needed large family homes that attract professional people and therefore investment into our town. and that's just a summary!

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    Stokeparkcllr

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • But dear Amsterdam81 that is the problem. Not joined up local Government, the "local plan" has to be devised by IBC but the most important part of it is handled by SCC who have no involvement at all, can close their eyes, stick their fingures in their ears and go la la la la so they don't have to make an unpopular decision with the rural elite around the north of Ipswich and risk loosin votes. It sums up nicely why a Greater Ipswich is needed with one tier local Governement, its devide and rule.

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    The Ginge

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • I thought transport was the responsibility of SCC? While it's right to discuss the proposals to get the best outcome, rather than just critise labour IBC shouldn't Ben Gummer also call the Tory SCC to account and press for a northern bypass?

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Should not even be considered before a northern bypass is in place. And why build on prime agricultural land anyway? Brownfield sites first.

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    Lakota S

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • "unachievable" I meant, of course.!

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    mmm

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • yes, what he said... we all want the town to grow and to thrive, but it can't do that without the infrastructure, and just building more homes without that will only have a negative impact on the town and the whole region as we snarl up our roads even more... When is a politician finally going to stand up and be counted and actually put themselves behind the plan for a Northern Bypass. It should not been seen as achievable as appears to be the response when anyone asks.

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    mmm

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • We all know that the comments made in this article are correct. The problem is because the criticism comes from a Tory source the Labour Run Local Council will view it as a political attack rather than offering some very valid points. This is why I think local politics doesn't work. As to the plan itself the biggest problem is the traffic. IBC estimate are really in cloud coocko land. There should be no entrance from Colchester Rd and not one extra traffic light put on that road, the Henly Rd lights should be replaced by a Roundabout with crossings further away from the junction. But we all know it should only be built with a Northern Bypass and the fact is IBC bottled it, Bury got an Eastern Relief Rd for a few hundred houses, Norwich gets there Northern Bypass and Ipswich gets nothing. We should stick our feet in the sand and say no more new housing in Ipswich until we get the infastructure to go with it. If that means central government tries to bully us by threating the local councillors so be it, but for once stand up for the people of Ipswich instead of cow towing touching the foelock and building more boring cramped brick box's like Pinebrook whilst the Town gets shaffed by Norwich and other centre in East Anglia who all seem to get money. Maybe Labour should be asking themselves some hard question over why we never get any of this development money.

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    The Ginge

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

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