Ipswich business fears for future

AN IPSWICH business has been added to a growing list of properties under threat from housing developers.Orwell Motorcycles has been in Ranelagh Road for last seven years but now the company fears becoming the latest victim of the council's Local Development Framework.

AN IPSWICH business has been added to a growing list of properties under threat from housing developers.

Orwell Motorcycles has been in Ranelagh Road for last seven years but now the company fears becoming the latest victim of the council's Local Development Framework.

Ipswich Borough Council has outlined a number of options for housing across the town over the next 13 years to meet the government's target of 15,400 houses within the Ipswich borough boundary.

Ray Atkins, who owns Orwell Motorcycles, said: “There's been no end of speculation from customers coming in and asking if we thought we'd be next.


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“A couple of weeks ago I received a letter from the council saying that they want to build houses on this site.

“I'm the only retailer occupying one of the four premises along this stretch of road. Planning permission has been applied for by a business next door but it was turned down. In the same breath, the council told us that they want to build here.”

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Mr Walters has already made allowances for housing developers after some 400 homes were built beside his shop at the former CompAir Reavell site by Fairview Homes.

Parking spaces were promised for all of the dwellings but only 270 were ever allocated.

Mr Walters was forced to put up gates as a result to stop people from using his forecourt as an overnight car park. Now the company may be forced to move altogether.

He said: “I'm really miffed. Compulsory purchasing has been mentioned and though an alternative property would be provided, the council promised the same thing for Ipswich Airport and it never materialised.

“It makes my blood boil. I could just close down and put 22 people out of work but I think it's about time we stood up and fought our corner.”

Russell Williams, Head of Planning, Transport and Regeneration at Ipswich Council, said: “While the council does have compulsory purchase powers, we do not have any intention of issuing them and we welcome comments from those concerned.

“We are keen to continue with development along the river and the store happens to fall into an area that has always been part of the council's plan. This area includes the four retail outlets in question but does not go as far as the Glasswells furniture site.”

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