Thumbs up to rental homes

By PAUL GEATER local government correspondentpaul.geater@eveningstar.co.uk>IPSWICH: Proposals for a new development of rental homes off Woodbridge Road have been given unanimous approval by the borough.

Paul Geater

IPSWICH: Proposals for a new development of rental homes off Woodbridge Road have been given unanimous approval by the borough.

Members of the council's planning and development committee gave their backing to a scheme by the Guinness Trust to build 42 homes on the site of the former driving test centre.

There will be 24 houses and 18 flats ranging from one to four bedrooms, which will all be administered by a housing association backed by the borough's housing department.

A separate application to build a block of five flats for sale at the entrance to the old test centre was also approved despite objections from residents of the nearby Crest Nicholson block of flats who said it would block their view.

The affordable development was welcomed by councillors - although there was concern that a play area for children would not be completed soon enough and that a proposed storage area for rubbish bins could be a fire hazard.

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Peter Wells, agent for the developers of the site, said work should start on the homes at the end of March and it was hoped the whole development would be completed within 12 months.

Access to the new development will be from the new development on the site of Hayhill allotments, although there will be a footpath from it on to Woodbridge Road.