New development attracts self-employed

ASPIRING entrepreneurs have the opportunity to live and work at home as part of a new housing project.

ASPIRING entrepreneurs have the opportunity to live and work at home as part of a new housing project.

A number of live/work apartments aimed at newly self-employed people ae being built on the banks of the Orwell River as part of Ipswich's Voyage development scheme.

The project also includes the Sir Bobby Robson Bridge, named by Evening Star readers, which will provide a pedestrian and cycle link to Ipswich Village.

The live/work properties start at �133,000 for a two-bedroom triplex, and first-time buyers can buy 75 per cent of the property from developers Fairview New Homes for �99,750.

Jim Holliday, sales director of Fairview, said: “Our 'Flying Start' deal is simply designed, so first-time buyers only need to arrange a 75 per cent mortgage through our recommended mortgage adviser.

“Purchasers will have no rent or interest to pay on the remaining 25 per cent of the property for up to 10 years, despite having full ownership.”

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The “caf� culture” Voyage development is part of the largest single regeneration project in the East of England.

The site is 500 metres from Ipswich train station and will be linked to West End Road and the town centre by the new footbridge, which is already an impressive part of Ipswich's skyline.

The Evening Star announced last Thursday the bridge would be named after football hero Sir Bobby Robson after asking readers for suggested names.

Replies flooded in with all sorts of suggestions, but the chance to honour the legendary Ipswich Town manager, as well as the bridge's proximity to Portman Road, proved to be the winner.

A �500 prize will be given to one of the readers who suggested the name when the bridge is officially opened next month.

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