Ipswich: New homes to be built on site of former Thomas Wolsey School

Ipswich: New homes are to be built on the former site of the Thomas Wolsey School off Old Norwich Road.

Housebuilders Persimmon have been given permission to build 48 new homes on the site – and the first should be finished by the summer.

The borough’s planning and development committee backed an application and now preparation work is expected to start soon.

Simon Maddison, land manager at Persimmon Homes Anglia, said: “We aim to begin work on Thomas Wolsey Court as quickly as possible, with the intention that the first homes can be released for sale this summer.

“There will be a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, designed to be in keeping with the surrounding area. Many of the mature trees on site are to be retained, with approximately 15 per cent of the land set out as public open space.

“This will not only give the development an attractive and established feel from the outset, it will also further enhance the biodiversity of the area.”

Twelve of the properties will be allocated as affordable homes, delivered in partnership with Persimmon’s Registered Provider and with the intention that they are occupied by local people.

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Persimmon will, through a legal agreement, be making financial contributions towards improving the sports, recreation and play facilities in the vicinity, along with a transport contribution to provide a new footpath and cycle path through the site, connecting Old Norwich Road to the Whitton recreational area.

The Thomas Wolsey school moved to a new site on a shared campus with Thurleston High School – now the Ormiston Endeavour Academy – in January 2009.

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