Demolition of the former Diesco site on Hawke Road, Ipswich clears way for 26 council homes

Published1st September 2022

This former industrial site could be brought back into use as 26 new council homes if plans to be submitted are approved by the Council.

Following a public consultation process held earlier this year, it is intended to submit a planning application soon for this site to build 20 two, three and four bedroom houses each with private gardens, 4 x one-bedroom flats and 2 x two-bed flats, one specifically designed for a Wheelchair User.

There would also be communal gardens and dedicated parking, EV Charging points and Air Source Heat Pumps along with solar panels (rather than gas boilers) and that will reduce carbon emissions in line with Ipswich Borough Council’s policy on Climate Change.

It is also intended that the proposed development will have a great new play and recreation area and which will offer zones for toddlers, juniors, balls, active climbing and sports as well as seating, landscaping and pathways.

Demolition of existing disused industrial buildings on Hawke Road are preliminary works to facilitate further detailed site investigations/testing to be carried out in advance of Handford Homes applying for this planning consent. The scheme has been developed by the Council’s housebuilding company, Handford Homes and architects, Barefoot & Gilles.

Councillor Neil MacDonald, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Ipswich Borough Council, says:

 “I am delighted to see this preliminary demolition work in advance of submitting a detailed planning application for this area on Hawke Road. It demonstrates our continued desire and commitment to building high-quality and energy efficient new homes for local people.”

Image shows (L-R): Cllr Martin Cook, Gainsborough Ward Councillor; Cllr Neil MacDonald, Portfolio Holder for Housing; Richard Jackson, Head of Housing Delivery, Handford Homes.
Picture credit: Handford Homes.