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Work begins on council’s biggest house building project in 50 years

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government

Work begins on councils biggest house building project in 50 years Work begins on councils biggest house building project in 50 years

Work has begun on Ipswich's biggest council house building project in half a century.

The £10 million scheme will see 108 'affordable' homes built in the Holywells/Gainsborough area.

Working in partnership with housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat, Ipswich Borough Council will deliver 77 two-bed and 11 four-bed homes, and 10 two-bed and 10 one-bed bungalows.

The Bader Close development forms part of the council’s wider plans to build 300 new homes over the next three years.

Councillor David Ellesmere said: "Bader Close is a major milestone in our ambitious plans to build over 300 new homes in Ipswich. Rather than stand by in the face of the national house building crisis, we have decided to build houses ourselves.

"Our houses will provide homes for 300 hundred Ipswich families currently living in overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation and will also support jobs in the construction industry and the wider local economy."

The development at Bader Close is expected to be completed by autumn 2015, but the first homes are hoped to be available at the end of this year.

Jason Seymour, new build director for Keepmoat South, said: “As a specialist in urban regeneration Keepmoat knows the provision of of new, high-quality, affordable homes in Ipswich will help improve the lives of hundreds of families looking for social housing as well as helping to regenerate the wider community.

“This is a landmark scheme for Keepmoat and Ipswich Borough Council. The council has been bold in embarking on this scheme to build more new council homes which will also create new training and employment opportunities for local people.”

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