Infrastructure funding boost for Ipswich Garden Suburb

Great to see the Conservative government has provided £9.8m of funding to build much need infrastructure for the planned Ipswich Garden Suburb development. Ipswich Borough Council forced this development through and disregarded local opposition from affected home owners and Ipswich Conservatives with reservations regarding lack of infrastructure and an already busy road network around the town.

Ipswich Labour led Council Approves 1st Outline Application for Ipswich Garden Suburb

Ipswich Conservatives regret that serious concerns were not given further thought before the planning application was approved at the planning committee on Wednesday 8 February. We accept that there is a need for additional housing in Ipswich, however this application for Ipswich Garden Suburb (IGS) has in our opinion been prematurely rushed through.

Those concerns are:

a) Traffic is a major issue as there is already much congestion in the area. With 1100 dwellings the Henley Gate development alone will ultimately add at least 1500 cars to those already using Henley Road as cars will only be able to access the development from Henley Road. There will be a severe impact on the traffic using Henley Road and particularly the Henley Road/Valley Road junction. This is acknowledged by the Highway Authority. Further air pollution will be inevitable and will impact adversely on air quality for local residents.

b) Following extensive work between Ben Gummer MP and Suffolk County Council, the latter recently published some new possible route options for a northern relief road– often also referred to as a ‘Northern Bypass’. Insufficient attention was paid at the planning meeting for the urgent need for this northern route to alleviate the traffic problems. The application could have been delayed until the position on the by-pass had been clarified.

c) The increased traffic and inevitable congestion on Henley Road will lead to rat-running through the roads on The Crofts and the Whitton estate. Consideration needs to be given as to how this problem could be mitigated in the interests of local residents. The £100,000 proposed in the Section 106 Agreement to deal with this problem is completely inadequate.

d) The planning application for Henley Gate is being considered before the Borough Council has formally approved the Infrastructure Development Plan for the IGS. It would be far more sensible to agree an overall Infrastructure Plan – and how it is going to be financed with all the developers involved in the IGS first. This piecemeal approach to infrastructure development will not be to the benefit of the residents of the development in the long term and risks long delays whilst details are being worked out.

e) We feel that there has been inadequacy in consultation with local people about the whole development which will cover many acres of greenfield space and add a significant extension to Ipswich.

In conclusion, we feel it would have made sense to delay the planning meeting a short time so that the details relating to traffic, infrastructure etc could have been worked out in a more comprehensive way.

Northern Fringe development

After knocking on doors and hearing from many concerned residents, I felt it necessary to publish my views on the proposed “Ipswich Garden Suburb” development, better known as the Northern Fringe development. As someone that is running to become your County Councillor this May, I believe it is important that you know my position on the current proposal.

As it stands, I have very strong reservations about the current proposals being put forward. I know my feelings are shared with Ipswich Conservatives and our Member of Parliament, Ben Gummer.

Our town is already suffering with traffic congestion, overcrowded schools and pollution. Building more homes without infrastructure improvements is a recipe for disaster. It is my opinion that no development should take place without: some form of “Northern Bypass” being built first, more school places and a plan to deal with rubbish and pollution. I know these are all issues Ben Gummer MP is working on very closely with Suffolk County Council.

If I am elected to serve you in May, I will take my role seriously in opposing this development in its current form. It is in my opinion that the current plan is wholly ill thought out.

In order to stand with residents and oppose the current plan, I need your help to get me elected in May.

Since Labour currently insist in forcing this current plan through, it is important that Suffolk County Council get a Conservative majority to empower me to push both Councils to review the current approved master plan for the site.
To you, of course, this may not be about politics, you may want someone to listen to your views and represent you. I am promising to do just that and work alongside our MP, Ben Gummer, to implement a positive change in Ipswich and Suffolk.

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