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Hundreds of new homes set for Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 02:59 06 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

HUNDREDS of new homes look likely to get the go-ahead on wasteland between Bramford Road and Sproughton Road on the edge of Ipswich.

Developers Stockplace plc want to build homes, shops, businesses and community facilities on land which is currently earmarked as the Eastway Business Park.

HUNDREDS of new homes look likely to get the go-ahead on wasteland between Bramford Road and Sproughton Road on the edge of Ipswich.

Developers Stockplace plc want to build homes, shops, businesses and community facilities on land which is currently earmarked as the Eastway Business Park.

Although it has been scheduled for development as an industrial development for more than a decade, only Billington's Sugar has occupied a substantial plot at one corner of the site.

It is zoned for industrial development in the current Ipswich local plan, but the new plan which is due to come into affect over the next few years envisages it being used for residential development.

Now the council's development control committee is to be urged to approve the plan – with conditions – when it is discussed on Wednesday.

The exact number of homes proposed for the site is not known, it is an outline application, but a figure of about 240 homes has been suggested.

One major problem is that the land is believed to be seriously contaminated with waste from several Ipswich factories dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.

The government's Environment Agency is anxious that a full assessment of the risks and the work needed to make it safe should be submitted before any development takes place.

However technology to clear up contaminated land has improved over recent years – house building giant Barratt had to clear the land occupied by the old tannery further along Bramford Road before it could start its new riverside development.

The site does contain a pond which is at the centre of a local wildlife site, and the officers recommend that action is taken to preserve this.

Some neighbouring residents have written to the council worried that major development on the site will add to the existing road congestion along Bramford and Sproughton Roads.

Residents in Sproughton Road have mixed emotions about a proposed housing development near the back of their houses.

Many people were unaware that the planning application was likely to be approved this week, while some are not concerned about the development.

Others however, said they were not pleased about the prospect of about 250 homes being built so close by.

John Lane, 56, and his wife Susan, 49, said they were not keen on the proposal.

Mrs Lane said: "We have been living here for three years and we like the way it is. I didn't know about this.

"We moved here because we have a big garden and there's space out the back. I'm not keen on there being all these new houses.

Mr Lane said: "We said we were going to look at the plans but we haven't had a chance, we certainly will now."

A 90-year-old resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I am quite happy with it the way it is. I have been living here for 40 years and I like it, I'm not keen on the change."

A 79-year-old resident of Sproughton Road, added: "It doesn't bother me really. There's a lot of mess back there so it will be good to see it go.

"There's a load of rubbish behind there which encourages rats so I will be glad to see the back of that."

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