Plans lodged for 75 homes in Westerfield

The proposed development site in Westerfield for 75 homes Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The proposed development site in Westerfield for 75 homes Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: Archant

Fresh plans have been submitted to develop a disused site in Westerfield, close to the Ipswich Garden Suburb development.

The Old Station Works off Westerfield Road close to the East Suffolk Line was granted planning permission in 2016 for 35 homes and commercial space.

However, the build failed to get underway after more than 70 construction firms refused to carry out the development because there were not enough homes to make it viable.

Now, Cubitt Projects Ltd has submitted an outline planning application with Suffolk Coastal District Council for 75 homes, convenience store and community meeting space.

It is expected that 25 homes will be designated affordable.

The application report said: “The design has been developed having regard to the character of the area with the individual dwellings providing ample private amenity space and sufficient open land and play space.”

A consultation event was held and pre-application advice gathered from Suffolk Coastal before the plans were submitted.

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Among concerns raised during the consultation were the number of parking spaces that could be provided and the impact traffic could have in the area.

The site lies just north of the East Suffolk rail line, and close to where the Ipswich Garden Suburb development will take place, incorporating around 3,500 homes.

Other concerns include additional traffic on the rail line, blocking of pavements due to a lack of yellow lines in the village and uncertainty over school places.

Cubitt’s report said: “The plans for the proposed expansion of Ipswich are recognised and the residents’ concerns are noted.”

The application is for outline permission, meaning that if the council’s planning committee approved the plans the developer would be required to return with details for all aspects of the development except for access to and from the site.

The plans are set to go before planning committee later this autumn.

Work on the Garden Suburb development could begin by the end of the year, after the first phase of nearly 2,000 homes was backed by Ipswich Borough Council’s planning committee in April.

Cubitt was approached for comment but was unavailable at the time of publication.