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7 November 2012, 11:37
Plans to build the first new council homes in Ipswich in around 20 years have been approved.
The Borough Council is to build the first seven homes for rent on two small sites in Coltsfoot Road, Chantry and Whitton Church Lane in north-west Ipswich with both planning applications were approved unanimously today by the Council's Planning & Development Committee.
A much bigger scheme for more than 100 council homes in Bader Close, in the south-east of the town will come before planners early next year.
The Council's Housing portfolio-holder, Councillor John Mowles, said: 'This is another important step forward in our providing more homes of our own for local people to rent. The Council has not been able to build homes in Ipswich for more than 20 years and it is half a century since a large-scale construction like Bader Close was completed.'
Council Leader David Ellesmere added: 'This is excellent news for Ipswich. We are bringing derelict land back into use, providing much needed affordable family homes and creating new jobs to helpstimulate the local economy.'