New homes emerge at caravan park
FOUR months after an Ipswich caravan park was demolished 11 new homes have arisen from the rubble.In January, residents at Chantry Home Farm were forced to quit their homes after bulldozers moved in to the Lavenham Road site.
FOUR months after an Ipswich caravan park was demolished 11 new homes have arisen from the rubble.
In January, residents at Chantry Home Farm were forced to quit their homes after bulldozers moved in to the Lavenham Road site.
Owners Peronita had decided to destroy 17 caravans on the park to make way for affordable homes.
Today, "the phoenix has risen from the flames," according to park co-ordinator Elaine Robinson.
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With the creation of 11 park homes for the retired and semi-retired, the site is a far cry from the caravan park which Peronita had owned for nine years.
With the fully furbished homes costing £110,000 plus £25 a month ground they could be defined as affordable housing and some residents from Lavenham Road have even expressed interest in selling up and moving in.
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But this will come as little comfort for those who were forced to leave the site back in January.
Ms Robinson added: "It is a shame, we don't like to upset people when they have been good tenants. But we had one or two who spoilt it for a few.
"We have done the local area a service because we took people no one else would take.
"It was a financial thing in the end, some people were living here and not paying rent and after one or two months that ended up being a lot of money.
"This is definitely not what we were planning nine years ago."