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More than 250 new homes could be coming to Cardinal Park area of Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 19:10 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 19:10 02 February 2017

Proposals for the new homes at Grafton Way by Plutus Estates.

Proposals for the new homes at Grafton Way by Plutus Estates.

Ambitious proposals to build more than 250 homes along with a three-star hotel, restaurants on the site previously earmarked for Tesco in central Ipswich have been shown off in the town.

Architect Anna Ryten with the plans for Plutus Estate's new development in Grafton Way.Architect Anna Ryten with the plans for Plutus Estate's new development in Grafton Way.

Plutus Estates outlined proposals for the huge development on a site that had originally been earmarked for a Tesco superstore before that proposal collapsed two years ago.

The new scheme proposes building 135 two and three-storey houses on the site beside the River Orwell.

There would be up to 120 flats in a tower block – currently planned to be 13 storeys high – at the Stoke Bridge end of the site.

The application includes a 65-bed three-star hotel with a restaurant and a separate restaurant in the ground floor of the tower block.

John Norman studies the plans for the Grafton Way development proposed by Plutus Estates.John Norman studies the plans for the Grafton Way development proposed by Plutus Estates.

There is also an application for a gym attached to the hotel – but which would also be open to non-residents.

The scheme has been drawn up by architect Anna Ryten who said the houses would be aimed at the family market and would be clustered along green “fingers” of open space.

The application also includes an improved foot and cycle path along the river from the Princes Street bridge to Stoke Bridge.

Ms Ryten said: “There is a real growth in the popularity of urban housing and given the location of this site we think it could be very popular.”

The proposed flats and hotel on the Grafton Way site for Plutus.The proposed flats and hotel on the Grafton Way site for Plutus.

The homes will range from one-bedroomed flats to four-bedroomed houses and its proximity to the railway station and the main commercial area of Ipswich should make it attractive.

The houses will not have individual gardens – but there will be communal green spaces and individual terraces and roof gardens for their occupants.

Steve Crutchley from Plutus Estates said the company was hoping to submit a full planning application to Ipswich council during the summer and was hoping to be able to start work on the site in 2019.

Ms Ryten said the length of time taken to build out the site would depend on demand as it was being built.

Members of the public study the plans for new homes at Grafton Way in Ipswich.Members of the public study the plans for new homes at Grafton Way in Ipswich.

No operator for the hotel has yet been identified but Mr Crutchley said it would probably be a mid-market three-star hotel company.

Plutus has been in talks with borough council planning officials since the middle of last year as it drew up the plans for the site.

This area was originally the lower rail yard for Ipswich station and later became the site of a B&Q store.

The site was then bought by Tesco’s property arm Spenhill which planned to build a superstore, homes, a hotel and other shops.

Proposed development of land next to Grafton Way, Ipswich.Proposed development of land next to Grafton Way, Ipswich.

That plan was approved by the previous administration at the borough council in 2011 despite fierce opposition.

However after struggling to overcome planning concerns and with Tesco facing financial challenges the plan was abandoned and the site was put up for sale.

Tesco has nothing to do with the current development plans.

The progress of the planning application is likely to be closely followed in the town – and John Norman from the Ipswich Society visited the exhibition showing off the proposals.

He said: “We will certainly welcome the development of a brown field site. It is certainly preferable to building on greenfield land on the northern fringe.

“And we fought against the Tesco proposal – we would much rather see housing.

“However there are concerns about the aspect of the homes – they are not facing south on to the river and we will be looking carefully as this goes through the planning process.”

The borough has earmarked the area beside the river for residential-led development and leader David Ellesmere has welcomed the fact that a residential-led plan has been brought forward.

The creation of new footpaths and cycleways beside the river should enhance an area that is often seen as an eyesore for people arriving at the railway station.

The River Orwell at this point is very rich in wildlife, especially at low tide when waders gather near the town centre.

An attractive path beside the river could turn this into an attractive entrance to the town for those walking from the station to the town centre or the Waterfront area.

And the work could prompt a clean-up of the River Orwell which has been used as a dumping ground for old cycles and supermarket trollies over the years.

10 comments

  • Whilst it would enourmously improve the appearance of the area, good luck to any residents trying to get off the estate and onto the main road at peak time. That road is regularly jammed right back to the waterfront.

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    Sentinel Red

    Friday, February 3, 2017

  • So potentially another 500+ cars crawling around the town daily just what we desperately need... more restaurants. Still, IBC knows best. The graphics look lovely though, just like those they did for the waterfront 10+ years ago and look at it now.

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    Chris D

    Friday, February 3, 2017

  • So how was this public exhibition advertised? Didn't see any mention of it locally and would have liked the opportunity to study the proposals. Are they online somewhere as well?

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    M Prime

    Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Forgot to add the fact that the word "could" appears again in this idiots article!

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, February 3, 2017

  • More overloading of the towns infrastructure , great ! What about the unsold flats atound the Waterfront ? Pointless , but the IBC know best.

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, February 3, 2017

  • O dear, what about the Traffic poeple!...i think the Council Highways agencies have just excepted that Ipswich is just gonna be gridlock! brilliant really good idea!.... instead of more houses apartments etc..... what about more Gp surgerys, schools etc

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    Clarky1012

    Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Anything has to be better than the eyesore it currently is - its a main gateway between the station and the marina area - but has anyone thought about the increased traffic!? Those roads cant handle a tiny accident or closure a mile away - let alone a possible extra 300-500 cars needing to get in and out of the development during rush hour traffic. Lets hope local people are actually involved and not just those sat in an ivory tower somewhere thinking they know the roads

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    Kat1987

    Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Sounds like a promising development plan, that whole area needs a good going over. Two questions though ... 1. What will happen to the skate park? It would detract from the attractiveness of the development I think, but equally the youngsters need somewhere to skate and bike, so another site might be needed. 2. That river path area is home to various undesirables apparently revolving around drugs and alcohol, and I did see the other day that the sharps bin had been ripped out and thrown into the river. It may be enough for the development to force these people away, but if not, the authorities need to act on a potential risk of criminal activity if and when the residents move in.

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    Dobbie1973

    Friday, February 3, 2017

  • Small town houses with no gardens, and flats - just what people are looking for I'm sure...

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    ShimmyMcGee

    Friday, February 3, 2017

  • I hope this housing will be affordable.

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    Captain Z

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

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