Dan recently spoke to a packed audience at Tuddenham Village Hall about Ipswich Borough Council’s plans to build thousands of homes on the northern fringe of Ipswich. His position on this issue has always been clear – we should look to town centre, brownfield development before building on the greenbelt surrounding Ipswich. The regeneration of Ipswich needs redevelopment and housing in the town centre, with all the economic benefits that will bring to the town.
Some of the biggest concerns that were put to Dan at the meeting revolved around the need to ensure that we have the correct infrastructure in terms of jobs, schools, traffic, sewerage and healthcare to support any new homes. Ipswich Borough Council still has to answer exactly how the extra traffic that would be caused by the new homes will be managed, and what drainage solutions would be put in place to stop the flooding of nearby villages such as Westerfield and Tuddenham if the new homes are to be built.
Lessons about inadequate infrastructure are still being learnt from the problems residents have experienced in Daimler Road, Whitehouse – where Dan managed to get Anglian Water to take responsibility for an inadequate drainage and sewerage system. The sewage backwash into homes and the flooding of gardens and houses in Daimler Road is a warning to Ipswich Borough Council planners – and shows the importance of ensuring that the proper infrastructure is in place before new homes are built.
While Dan is very much in favour of increasing the supply of affordable housing in Ipswich and Suffolk, he believes we should always look to build on town centre, brownfield sites first, and will continue to support local residents against Ipswich Borough Council’s plans for mass housebuilding over our precious greenbelt land.
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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
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