Go-ahead sought for controversial homes

DEVELOPERS behind a controversial new multi-million pound development in Ipswich are officially seeking the go-ahead today.The site of almost five acres of land, on Bramford Road, has been acquired by the house builder Redrow Homes and, subject to planning consent, will feature a mix of apartments, family homes and affordable housing.

DEVELOPERS behind a controversial new multi-million pound development in Ipswich are officially seeking the go-ahead today.

The site of almost five acres of land, on Bramford Road, has been acquired by the house builder Redrow Homes and, subject to planning consent, will feature a mix of apartments, family homes and affordable housing.

Full planning permission for the project, which is intended to include 97 dwellings, play areas and residents parking and will require the demolition of 377 and 379 Bramford Road.

The project is expected to cost around £18 million.


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However, although lauded by developer Redrow Homes (Eastern), the proposal has been met with alarm by residents.

Mary Blake, councillor for Westgate ward, said many of her constituents, particularly those in Bramford Road, were very concerned about the possible new development and what it will mean for the already congested area.

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She said: “People are very, very concerned about any development, the area is already densely populated and it sounds like a very big project.

“We are mostly worried about not being consulted and informed every step of the way and we were told by officers in charge of the development that we would be.”

However, Geoff Keer, development director for Redrow Homes (Eastern), said: “This is a great opportunity for us to create a development that will suit people from across the board, from first time buyers to couples and families.

“Ipswich is an exciting place to be at the moment, the town is in the midst of a waterfront regeneration project which we have already been part of, and we're happy to be in the area again.

“The homes will be close to the River Gipping and the development itself will include an area of open space, while it is close to Ipswich town centre, which puts it in a great location.”

Redrow's previous ventures in the town have included IP Central and Neptune Marina.

Redrow said it was hoping to start work on the development in Bramford Road as soon as planning permission is granted by Ipswich Borough Council.

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