New homes to get the green light

MORE than 30 new affordable homes for Ipswich are set to be given the green light by town chiefs at a meeting being held tomorrowThe Clumpfield site, off Cambridge Drive, Chantry, is a former sheltered housing development which was boarded up back in 1999 after Raglan Housing Association decided not to develop it.

MORE than 30 new affordable homes for Ipswich are set to be given the green light by town chiefs at a meeting being held tomorrow

The Clumpfield site, off Cambridge Drive, Chantry, is a former sheltered housing development which was boarded up back in 1999 after Raglan Housing Association decided not to develop it.

Following intense discussions Ipswich Borough Council agreed a deal with Raglan to get the land back in council hands.

Now the council has teamed up with Orwell Housing Association which is in the process of buying the land to build affordable homes.

An application to build four blocks of housing on the site, totalling 36 units, will go before a meeting of Ipswich Borough Council's planning and development committee tomorrow.

Council officers have already recommended the project for approval although the final decision lies with members of the committee.

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A report on the application stated: “The site is a residential development site and therefore the principle of redevelopment for

residential purposes is acceptable in this instance and would comply with planning policy.”

Meanwhile separate developers are looking to get plans for 14 flats, sited just yards from one of the town centre's busiest roundabouts, given the nod.

Developers The Tannen Group, want to build a four to six storey building on the south side of Greyfriars Road, opposite the Novotel Hotel and next to the Cardinal Park leisure complex.

Outline planning permission has already been granted for the development with tomorrow's application focusing on the detail of design, landscaping, access, and external appearance.

Council officers have recommended that the plans be rubberstamped.

Is Ipswich becoming overdeveloped or are there just not enough homes to go around? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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