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Final decision due on stretch of major 1,100-home development in Ipswich

A final decision is due next week on a stretch of a major 1,100-development in Ipswich.

The application was submitted by Crest Nicholson Eastern to Ipswich Borough Council for reserved matters relating to 96 new homes, a local centre, parking, landscaping, earthworks, and other works.

A reserved matters application is when details relating to a development’s access, appearance, layout, landscaping, and scale are nailed down for a final time following an outline planning approval.

An artist's representation of the Henley Gate development. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council
An artist's representation of the Henley Gate development. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council

An approval would see phase 3a of the larger 1,100-home Henley Gate project being delivered — the latter also being part of the larger Ipswich Garden Suburb, representing a third of the 3,500 homes planned for the area.

This phase relates to a 2.41-hectare stretch of land east of Henley Road and includes 35 new affordable housing units.

The rest of the houses would be sold on the open market with the majority proposed to be three-bedroom properties.

The majority of new homes will be two-storey high, with the a further plot proposed at three storeys, consisting of commercial use on the ground floor and apartments above.

There will also be houses 2.5 storeys high in areas which surround the adjacent school site proposed as part of the larger development.

There has been some resistance to these proposals, with Westerfield Parish Council officially objecting due to a lack of supporting transport infrastructure. However, officers have pointed out this was already dealt with at the outline stage, granted at the end of January 2020.

The application is recommended for approval subject to conditions and will be discussed on Wednesday, April 24.