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PUBLISHED: 15:43 26 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

DEVELOPERS are to be encouraged to convert 50 hectares of land on the outskirts of Ipswich into a public country park – by linking its provision with an opportunity to build 60 houses on the site.

DEVELOPERS are to be encouraged to convert 50 hectares of land on the outskirts of Ipswich into a public country park – by linking its provision with an opportunity to build 60 houses on the site.

The blueprint for developing land off Bourne Hill in Wherstead is outlined in a draft local plan that looks at the control of development in the Babergh district up to 2011.

The council is planning to build 1,200 properties in the period to meet the housing requirements of the district.

Other sites earmarked for development include, in Hadleigh; Beeston coach depot, Long Bessels (15 houses), Partridges coach depot, The Green (20), Grays Close (25) and Gallows Hill (10).

Elsewhere in the district Elmsett Mill (20) and Maltings Farm, Whatfield Road (10), Elmsett, Church Lane, Sproughton (30), Church Farm Whatfield (15), Rotheram Road, Bildeston (40) have been allocated as possible sites for new housing.

Martin Price of Babergh District Council said that the Wherstead plan used a "carrot and stick" approach to bring the country park forward.

"The land has been earmarked informally for the best part of ten years but it was not looking to come forward without some form of enabling development," he explained.

About 2.7 hectares of land will be allocated for 60 houses with the provision of 46.7 hectares of land as a country park to be handed over for public ownership before development commences

As with all allocated sites of 15 houses or more, the district council will require between 20 and 30 per cent to be provided in the form of affordable housing.

The draft local plan will be opened to public consultation between September 17 and October 29 and again this time next year when a second plan will have been prepared taking on board comments from the first round of consultation.

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