150 new council homes near the town-centre were given the go-ahead today by Ipswich Borough Council. At this morning’s Planning & Development Committee, two planning applications submitted by Ipswich Borough Assets (IBA) were agreed that will see these new homes built in Bibb Way by 2024.
This site has previously been used by BT and its former office block there will be transformed into 78 new flats. 72 new build homes will also be built on the former car park and data centre sections of the site. Now that the Committee has given the go ahead for the development, the site will be transferred to Ipswich Borough Council and the development completed by Council owned Handford Homes. Work is scheduled to start onsite in 2022 and to be completed in 2024.
Says Cllr Neil MacDonald, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing:
“This great new development will see 150 quality council homes built to a high standard that will be ready for tenants to move in 2024. This large project shows our continuing commitment to build quality council housing in Ipswich.”
“There will also be several environmental improvements made as part of this development, including improvements to the Alderman Canal and which will have new access and there will be a contribution to work being undertaken to improve its flow of water. Some trees overhanging the canal will be removed to stop leaf-drop but seventy-seven new trees will also be planted on the site, far exceeding those that will be removed. There will be contributions towards local services - such as schools and GP practices - from the developer.”
IBA Chair, Colin Kreidewolf, says: "It's a really good scheme and it will help transform this area of the town. It's quality homes for Ipswich people."
Image: Bibb Way Handford - credit: Blue Cube Studios