Homes to be built - but still no school

PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

MORE homes are set to be built on an edge-of-Ipswich estate, but despite more than 1,000 residents, there is no primary school they can go to within three miles.

MORE homes are set to be built on an edge-of-Ipswich estate, but despite more than 1,000 residents, there is no primary school they can go to within three miles.

District councillor Josie Law, is calling for a school to be built on the Warren Heath estate but the county council has said there are no plans for a new school there – and they are now selling the three acres allocated for one to a housing developer.

The developer, who is said to be paying around £110,000 for the land, is also going to be asked to contribute £89,000 towards the cost of educating the children of families in the houses.

This money will be used to pay for improvements at Broke Hall primary school and Copleston High School.

The land for the school in Murrills Road, Warren Heath, was set aside 12 years ago when the estate was first developed.

The county council has said it no longer requires the site for a primary school.

Councillor Mrs Law, said there was enormous disappointment that the school had not been built despite being a need for one.

"Children from this estate have to travel more than three miles to go to school. They go to Kesgrave, Nacton, Bucklesham and different schools in Ipswich," she said.

"There are 1,361 names on the electoral roll in Purdis Farm and 956 at Warren Heath and now we are about to build another 100-plus homes.

"We were promised a school 12 years ago and we still haven't got one and it's very much needed. Now they are selling the site – and that is terrible.

"We don't have a community focus for the area either – the nearest community hall is at Brightwell and that is miles away – and a school could provide this as well."

Suffolk Coastal's south area development control sub committee agreed to allow 123 new homes to be built off Murrills Road on 11.2 acres – including the three-acre school site – to complete the Warren Heath estate.

It was agreed that 2.5 acres of the school land would be used for homes – with the estate including eight "affordable" homes – and the rest added to the 2.1 acres of play space.

Councillors were told that residents on the existing part of the estate had expressed concern about certain aspects of the proposed houses and amended plans submitted by developers, Persimmon Homes (Essex) Ltd, had overcome many of these worries.

The developers would also pay £22,000 towards the creation of the 2.6 acre play space to provide kick-a-bout areas, basketball goals, a toddlers' play area and play equipment suitable for up to 14 year olds to overcome the shortfall of play facilities.

Councillors were still unhappy at the density, 15 houses to the acre.

Councillor Ron Else said people-power would decide – if people did not like the houses, they should not buy them, which would force prices down and stop developers building such estates.

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