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Ipswich: Tories’ key concerns over fringe development

09:00 28 August 2014

Ipswich Garden Suburb artists impression - the "lakes" in the foreground would only hold water after heavy rain.

Ipswich Garden Suburb artists impression - the "lakes" in the foreground would only hold water after heavy rain.

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There are several concerns highlighted in the opposition’s submission about the Ipswich Garden Suburb masterplan.

There are worries about roads, both access to the new community and the impact it will have on existing roads to the north of the town centre.

They warn that by only having access of Westerfield Road and the top end of Henley Road there will be serious congestion for traffic trying to get on or off the development.

And the added traffic will cause further congestion to the already-busy Valley Road area and will encourage much more rat-running along small roads in the area.

The opposition is disappointed there is not more being done to encourage cycling and the use of the historic “Fonnereau Way” bridleway as an alternative route to the town centre by pedestrians and cyclists.

This would allow people to reach the town centre through Christchurch Park, but it is ignored in the masterplan.

The opposition says the proposed new high school is in the wrong place because many of its students would come from outside the northern fringe – it would be better if it were nearer the centre of the development.

The design standard for the homes is very weak, meaning that very unimaginative houses are likely to be built – the opposition believes this is already happening with the first detailed planning application for homes off Westerfield Road already being submitted. And it is worried that the masterplan foresees most of the “affordable” homes being built towards the end of the development period – meaning they are not fully integrated and ghettos of affordable or council houses could be created.

The submission concludes: “The masterplan itself betrays the lack of thought and care that is required of a scheme of this size, explaining why so many basic errors around infrastructure and design quality have been made.

“Two examples suffice. First, the artist’s impression of the scheme from the north shows a series of ‘lakes’. These are not lakes but flood ‘events’. This is seriously misleading to existing residents and the community of Ipswich.

“Second, a cricket pitch indicated just to the north of the railway line in the north-west part of the development would, were it to be built, be on a slope.”

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  • Why is that there is the notion that people want to get into town by foot or cycle ? There are no extra jobs being created so what would they be wanting in the town centre its not a great social haunt afterall ? Look at how many houses they built at Grange Farm with no extra roads or paln as to how they were going to get on or off . Roundabouts with traffic lights ! Grange Farm has been there 20 years and still no solution and people who live there grizzling about it . Well they moved there in the first place didn't they ? As i have asai several times before the building of new houses needs to concentrate around the major routes of A12A14 , but then these are not under the control of IBC and the taxes paid won't go to them so they are not interested . Why do people want to come and live in Ipswich anyway ? Who are the people going to buy these new houses ? Where do they live now ? It will be people who already live in Ipswich just moving around to another bit in an attempt to better themselves ? Lets see the plan for the new roads first and then fill in the spaces with houses .

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