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Work starts on new council houses

Work began today on the construction of the first new council houses to be built in Ipswich for more than 20 years.

The Council is building the first seven homes for rent on two small sites 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).

The building work is being done by local firm RG Carter, and the Council estimates that a total of 70 people will work on the project from design to fitting out.

A much bigger scheme for more than 100 council homes in Bader Close, in the south-east of the town, is also planned. This will be the biggest council house scheme in Ipswich for 50 years.

Leader of the Council David Ellesmere said today: “This is an important milestone – the start of work on the first new council houses in Ipswich for more than 20 years. Our programme will provide much needed affordable homes for local people and give a jobs boost to the Ipswich economy.”

Councillor John Mowles, Housing portfolio-holder, added: “We are looking forward to the completion of these houses in north-west Ipswich as the first stage in our promise to help people find a home. Homes and jobs are the cornerstone of this Council’s commitment to the development of a fairer Ipswich.”

• Borough Council Leader David Ellesmere (in digger) with representatives from the Council, RG Carter, architects Rees Pryer and Orwell Housing Association.

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