New year means new flats for Ipswich

WORK to build 12 affordable flats in Ipswich's Reynolds Road will begin early next month .

WORK to build 12 affordable flats in Ipswich's Reynolds Road will begin early next month .

The £1.3million development will be made up of two-bed flats in a cluster of two-storey blocks on waste ground behind the shopping parade.

A total of 14 car parking spaces and storage space for 12 bicycles will also be created.

The project was first proposed early last year, but planning chiefs at Ipswich Borough Council raised concerns over the design of the flats, prompting a withdrawal of the application.

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A second application was submitted in May and accepted.

Work is due to begin on January 8, with an expected completion date in August.

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Once finished, the homes will be managed by Orbit Housing Association, part of the Orbit Group and a registered social landlord.

The land has already been handed to the Barnes Construction, the developer in charge of the project.

The only access is from Reynolds Road and there are plans to widen the road and provide better pedestrian access.

The brownfield site is empty but was occupied by two rows of lock-up garages. These were the subject of vandalism and anti-social activity, which caused nuisance to nearby residents, and were demolished more than two years ago.

While the site is now fenced off, it has remained a cause for concern for police and the council.

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