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Application lodged to build 315 homes off Old Norwich Road and Bury Road in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:06 29 June 2017

The Tooks Bakery site has already been identified as land for housing - now an application has been submitted for land further up Old Norwich Road. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The Tooks Bakery site has already been identified as land for housing - now an application has been submitted for land further up Old Norwich Road. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Outline planning permission has been sought to build 315 homes on land off Old Norwich Road in Ipswich.

Development firm Ashfield Land has submitted an outline application to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils to develop land behind the Anglia Retail Park, located between the A14 and Old Norwich Road.

The plans have outlined a proposal to build 315 homes, 35% of which will be designated affordable housing and some green open space.

There are not currently any plans for a school to be a part of the development.

James Digby, director for Ashfield Land, said: “Location-wise the site has been identified in the emerging local plan for Mid Suffolk.

“The site will help meet the shortfall in housing supply in Mid Suffolk and also contribute to new housing demand for Ipswich as well, being right on the boundary.

“It’s a scheme that will deliver much needed housing providing affordable housing and a great choice of housing sites in a very sustainable location.”

The application is currently in the consultation period, and will go before the Babergh and Mid Suffolk planning committee in due course.

A spokesman from Ipswich Borough Council said its planners would be forming a response during the consultation.

As part of the development, Mr Digby stressed that it would be an “Ipswich-facing scheme” that would not impact on traffic in Claydon.

During the initial consultation when the plan was being constructed, some residents had raised concerns that the development would turn Old Norwich Road into a rat-run between Ipswich and Claydon, but Mr Digby confirmed this would remain a bus route.

“There has been a little confusion thinking the road network is going to change and traffic will be going north to Claydon,” he said.

“That road will still effectively stop by our site, and you still won’t be able to drive between Ipswich and Claydon on that route. We are proposing improvements to the Bury Road junction.”

The application is not linked to any potential plans for the Ipswich garden Suburb, which is land identified between Tuddenham Road and Henley Road for future housing.

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