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New homes to get go ahead this week

PUBLISHED: 10:45 17 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

MORE than 350 new homes are this week set to get the go-ahead on the former gasworks site between Duke Street and the Wet Dock.

Persimmon Homes wants to build 311 flats and 43 homes on the site – together with shops, restaurants and offices.

MORE than 350 new homes are this week set to get the go-ahead on the former gasworks site between Duke Street and the Wet Dock.

Persimmon Homes wants to build 311 flats and 43 homes on the site – together with shops, restaurants and offices.

Members of Ipswich Council's development control committee are being urged to approve the planning application – but have been warned that the soil is heavily contaminated.

The large area is seen as vital to the regeneration of the Waterfront area as a whole.

However problems with the site – especially the contamination of the land during its use as a gasworks – have prompted officers to recommend the committee to relax its strict rules on large development.

This would mean there would be no condition for the developers to build some of the homes for rent rather than sale.

And they would not have to make the usual contribution towards local services.

"This conclusion is regrettable, but it is realistic, and the benefits of the scheme must be remembered," the officers' report says.

"The alternative is to refuse permission because of the lack of contributions but this would prejudice the regeneration process."

The developers would, however, have to agree to contribute towards the cost of re-paving the quayside road near the side and to pay for repairs to the quay wall.

nThe committee is also expected to give the go-ahead for the construction of 36 new homes on land between the Ipswich Foyer and Woodhouse Square.


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