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Derelict block could soon be new homes

Work to bring new life to an empty and semi-derelict accommodation block in Ipswich will begin in the next few weeks if the Borough Council’s Executive gives the go-ahead.

The plan is to completely refurbish and convert the main block and annex at Newnham Court, off Cambridge Drive, into 19 flats. Two of the flats will be fully wheelchair-accessible and five adjacent bungalows will also be refurbished.

The complex, once home to bedsit accommodation, has been empty for many years. The Council wants to create new flats, particularly two-bed homes, to meet growing demand.

Councillor John Mowles, Housing portfolio-holder, said: “This project is important as it will increase the number of two-bed homes in Ipswich. This complex has beenleft empty for far too long. By bringing it back into use we will also be preventing anti-social behavior in the area. I shall be recommending approval to my colleagues on Executive and I am confident they will agree, so we canstart work in the next few weeks.”

Executive meets on 17th September to consider the appointment of a contractor to refurbish the site, which is owned by the Council and had been on a long lease to a housing association.

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