Residents' relief over housing bid

RESIDENTS today spoke of their relief after it emerged a new development in Ipswich will see only six homes being built along their street.

RESIDENTS today spoke of their relief after it emerged a new development in Ipswich will see only six homes being built along their street.

Developers have handed a planning application to Ipswich Borough Council with the aim of building the new houses in Park Road, near Christchurch Park.

The proposals would see the old reservoirs, built at Ipswich's highest point, demolished, with six new homes built and the old waterhouse at the site redeveloped into a modern home.

One couple, who did not want to be named, said they were pleased after seeing the designs for the site as they had been concerned a much bigger scheme was planned.


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They said: “We were worried it was going to be a block of flats when houses are needed more than flats.

“We were pleasantly surprised as we knew something was going to happen there. At one point we were told it would be 53 dwellings.”

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However other residents voiced concerns that the homes may be too expensive and priced out of the reach of most people.

One said: “The worry is it won't be affordable. Homes around here are very expensive.”

And another added: “It will be good if people can afford them.

“There will be disruption when it is going up because there will be lots of traffic from building work.”

Old Victorian features of the reservoir site, such as the ornate gate, will be retained if the plans get the thumbs-up. There would be six new building and the refurbished waterhouse, as well as a drive into the development.

Does Ipswich need more affordable housing or family homes? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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