New homes proposed for Waterfront

DETAILED proposals to build hundreds of new homes on the Parkside site near Ipswich Waterfront are expected to be approved next week.Ipswich council's planning and development committee is to meet on Wednesday.

DETAILED proposals to build hundreds of new homes on the Parkside site near Ipswich Waterfront are expected to be approved next week.

Ipswich council's planning and development committee is to meet on Wednesday.

It proposes to build 372 homes on the site between Fore Hamlet and Duke Street – and the development will also include shops, offices, and sheltered housing.

Part of the site will be left undeveloped at present but eventually it is set to become the location of a new primary school for children living in the area.

There will be 362 flats built in blocks between three and five storeys high and ten three-bedroomed town houses.

Of these 242 homes will be built for the open market and 90 will be for affordable housing – rented by a housing association.

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There will be 26 sheltered housing units and 14 "live/work" units with flats above shops or offices.

The largest buildings will front on to Duke Street, where there are already large Waterfront developments planned or under construction, with the scale falling away towards the area of more traditional homes near Myrtle Road.

Although there are no children's play areas included in the scheme, the developers are planning to give the borough a contribution towards updating play areas in nearby Holywells Park.

Parkside is not the only major new waterfront development to move forward.

Planning officials at Civic Centre are expecting to soon receive a detailed application for the redevelopment of the Paul's Maltings site.

Knight Developments wants to build a new block of flats and offices on the site, while converting the original maltings building.

Planning officials expect to receive a detailed application by the end of this month, and hope that the committee will be able to discuss the application during the spring – enabling work to start later this year.

Head of development control Mike Smith was confident that work should start on the sites soon.

He said: "You can never be quite sure when things are going to start happening on the ground, but there does seem to be an impetus that both these developers are seeking to keep going."

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