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Ipswich: Work gets underway on new council houses

PUBLISHED: 12:45 01 July 2014

Work has started on Ipswich Council's Bader Close development.

Work has started on Ipswich Council's Bader Close development.

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Work has begun on Ipswich’s biggest council house-building scheme for 50 years.

The Bader Close development will see 108 homes built in south-east Ipswich – and another 174 are in the pipeline in Ravenswood, Ulster Avenue and Bramford Road as part of the borough’s plans to build 300 houses in the next three years.

Council leader David Ellesmere was at Bader Close to see the start of work on site. He was joined by mayor Bill

Quinton, other councillors and representatives of Keepmoat, the company building the homes for the Council.

Councillors also met new apprentice Freddy Stratford, who has been taken on by Keepmoat. As part of the tender process for Bader Close the council stipulated that the building contractor should provide opportunities for apprentices and pay their staff the Living Wage.

Mr Ellesmere said: “This is a major milestone in our ambitious plans to build more than 300 new homes in Ipswich.

“Rather than stand by in the face of the national house building crisis, we have decided to build houses ourselves.

“Our houses will provide homes for 300 Ipswich families currently living overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation, and will also support jobs in the construction industry and the wider local economy.”

The first tenants in Bader Close should be in their new homes by Christmas, and the development should be completed by the end of 2015.

5 comments

  • @ Nigel Noakes...well said !, the only bit I will add is thatcher sold the council homes to buy herself votes from people whom would not ordinarily vote tory !, and of course it has created the biggest shortage in social housing since !

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • For the benefit of younger readers, the right to buy council housing was championed by the Conservertive government of the 1980's under Margaret Thatcher. Subsequent problems have included the lack of social housing provision for those that need it; the buying up of undervalued housing stock by private landlords which, given that many tenants were on housing benefit and no longer rent capped, led to an increase in the benefits bill; the creation of the 'sink estate' and further social division as those unaable to buy are left behind.

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    Nigel Noakes

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • The money comes from the public purse, then they sell existing council houses at reduced cost creating shortfall; then taxes increase and they build more council houses.. a win win for Labour council, a massive fail or loss for the hardworking tax paying public.

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    Rory Breaker

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Excellent news to hear of much needed houses being built in Ipswich, we could do with such developments (albeit on a smaller scale) in many of our market towns and villages. I'm sure they'll be very popular with tenants.

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    Andrew Watson

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Does anyone know where the money is coming from for these houses?? Could there be a political angle to this or am I just being a little cynical.

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    MotorBotor

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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