Application lodged for 128 homes on derelict industrial land in Hadleigh Road, Ipswich

 Arclion House site (between Elton Park and Lavenham Road) off Hadleigh Road in Ipswich,where plans

Arclion House site (between Elton Park and Lavenham Road) off Hadleigh Road in Ipswich,where plans have been submitted for a 128-home development and care home. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A derelict brownfield site in Ipswich could be regenerated into a 128-home estate and care home if plans are approved.

 Arclion House site (between Elton Park and Lavenham Road) off Hadleigh Road in Ipswich,where plans

Arclion House site (between Elton Park and Lavenham Road) off Hadleigh Road in Ipswich,where plans have been submitted for a 128-home development and care home. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

An outline planning application has been submitted for the empty site of the former Arclion House and Elton Park Works, opposite Chantry Park off Hadleigh Road, with proposals seeking to build 128 two and three- bedroom homes and a care home with 60 bedrooms.

Plans are currently in the consultation period, which is due to end on February 12, before it goes to planners at both Ipswich Borough Council and Babergh District Council because of the site’s location on both borders.

David Harris, chief executive of Bury St Edmunds-based applicants M&D Developments, said: “We have been working with the local authorities there for some time and we hope now we have got it into an acceptable scheme.

“The industrial units have passed through their lifespan and this is creating residential homes on a good site.”

M&D acquired the land in 2016, and said if plans are approved it would hope to start work on the site this year. A public consultation was held in October by agents Urbanissta to gather feedback, with indications from the responses largely in favour of the site being occupied by housing.

An M&D spokesman added: “M&D Developments has reviewed all the comments received before submitting an application, and where appropriate has looked to incorporate local people’s requests within the scheme layout and/or technical submissions.”

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The site was previously used for manufacturing artillery shells during the First and Second World Wars before going on to be used in the manufacture of bronze and metal goods.

M&D’s application added: “The proposed residential development seeks to redevelop a brownfield site which is currently vacant and in a poor state.

“Our proposal enhances the character of the local area with a high quality sustainable residential development and provides much needed two and three-bedroom dwellings for the local area.”

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