Major plans for 190 homes on land off Loraine Way, Bramford, near Ipswich, given final approval
Final approval is being given to plans for 190 homes in the Gipping Valley – with properties set to be finished in 2024.
Bellway Homes’ reserved matters application around landscaping, appearance, scale and layout for development on land east of Loraine Way, in Bramford near Ipswich, was granted by six votes to two on Wednesday morning, after securing outline permission in July 2019.
That development will feature 67 affordable homes and a pre-school, as well as a large portion of open space to the north or the site.
20mph zones within the estate have been agreed, while the 40mph zone on Loraine Way will be extended.
In addition, nearly 100 new trees are set to be planted, as well as provision of play equipment in the open space.
Bellway was widely praised for working with the ward councillor and parish council on improving designs over a number of months, but concerns were raised over the heating of homes.
Government legislation dictates that gas boilers must no longer be used in new developments from 2025, with Bellway confirming it planned to finish homes in 2024 to prevent it needing alternatives, but councillors said the developers should have been more forward-thinking.
Matthew Hicks, chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council’s development control A committee which gave the green light, said: “The problem with this housing development is installing a heating system we know will be phased out in four years’ time.
“There are some great wins here – the biodiversity when you look at what is being installed, what is going north of the site, a lot of thought has gone into working with the parish and the ward member.
“That’s all the stuff we really appreciate from a developer and Bellway have done a fantastic job with that, but the thing that really lets this down is the fact that they think they are going to rush this out before the 2025 deadline so they can roll out gas boilers.
“That’s really disappointing but something, unfortunately, we have no say over.”
Authority has been delegated to the planning officers to issue once the final ecology matters have been sorted.
Laura Dudley-Smith, agent from Strutt and Parker on behalf of Bellway, said: “Over 55 per cent of the entire site area is proposed to be delivered as open space, allowing for the enhancement of the Gipping River Valley, and its enjoyment by both new and existing residents”.
She added: “Our engagement with Bramford Parish Council throughout the project has been extremely constructive with a number of improvements being agreed regarding local speed limits, amenity of neighbouring residents, enhancements to local play provision for the community, and design of the open space to encourage its enjoyment as a natural and biodiverity-rich environment.”
Bellway has confirmed work will start on site in the coming weeks and first homes being sold on the development, to be known as Lockwood Place, this winter.
Richard Burrows, managing director of Bellway homes Essex, said: “Lockwood Place offers the best of both worlds for residents.
“It is in a semi-rural location, just half a mile from the village of Bramford and only a 15-minute drive to Ipswich. We expect there to be a high level of interest from people wanting to live in what will be a charming new neighbourhood.”