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Plans to build 44 flats off Duke Street in Ipswich set to get go-ahead this week

PUBLISHED: 06:00 14 November 2017

Land between Tye Road and Duke Street, which is set to be developed into 44 homes. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Land between Tye Road and Duke Street, which is set to be developed into 44 homes. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Plans to build 44 flats on developing land near the Ipswich Waterfront are set to be given the green light this week.

Land between Tye Road and Duke Street, which is set to be developed into 44 homes. Picture: GREGG BROWN Land between Tye Road and Duke Street, which is set to be developed into 44 homes. Picture: GREGG BROWN

In June, a planning application was submitted to build homes on unused land off Duke Street, between Tye Road and Unity Street, with the plan to create 44 flats.

Around 15 of those will be designated as affordable housing, with 16 one-bed and 28 two-bed flats planned for development.

The Ipswich Borough Council planning and development control committee which meets tomorrow to decide has recommended the scheme for approval, subject to section 106 financial contributions to the area.

The borough council’s report said: “The proposal represents a high standard of development on an allocated site within the IP-One and Waterfront Areas.

“The proposal would provide a good standard of amenity and a development compatible with its surroundings.”

The developers are expected to provide nearly £300,000 in S106 contributions, which includes £100,000 for open space and recreation and a further £100,000 for maintenance.

With the development being entirely made up of one and two-bed flats, it is not expected to be used by many families, but with the catchment primary school, Cliff Lane Primary School, already having no surplus spaces the contribution of £60,000 for education is expected to help fund primary provision in the area.

A further £24,000 will go towards pre-school places.

Developers believe the brownfield site will provide a welcome link between the Waterfront and Holywells Park, while its close proximity to the town centre will make it attractive for those seeking a flat.

Katherine Seagrief, agent for the development from Brocklehurst Architects added: “Its location near the town centre is a huge advantage to the site, and it’s a good location for new housing that is close to the existing facilities available.”

The land was originally developed for a school in the 19th Century, before it was demolished in the early 1900s to become a storage depot, timber yard and gas works.

In recent years it has been used as a temporary car park, but is not currently being used.

The developers were unable to say when work may begin on the scheme once approved.

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