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Archaeologists clear site ready for building

As work is set to start on the first new council homes to be built in Ipswich for a generation, archaeologists have completed a dig on site.

The Borough Council has given planning permission for the construction of seven homes to rent in Coltsfoot Road, Chantry (two 3-bedroom houses and one 2-bedroom house) and Whitton Church Lane in north-west Ipswich (two 3-bedroom houses and two 2-bedroom houses).

A much bigger scheme for more than 100 council homes in Bader Close, in the south east of the town will come before planners shortly.

The Council’s Housing portfolio-holder, Councillor John Mowles, said: “We should be starting work at the end of next month and our archaeologist colleagues from the county council have taken advantage by undertaking a dig on site.

“We look forward to the completion of these much-needed homes in November. It is all part of this Council’s determination to provide more homes of our own for local people to rent. We have 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.”

The Council will be working on the first homes in partnership with Orwell Housing Association.

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