IBC proposal called in by Dept of Communities & Local Government

Update published 17th February 2015

Following Ipswich Borough Council’s decision to build 70 affordable housing units plus 24 shared ownership houses on the last phase of the Ravenswood site next to the school (known as UVW) it was clear that this left residents feeling aggrieved .The reason for this centres on the fact that the Council has ignored both national and local planning policy that is designed to provide a mix of dwelling types and sizes that contribute to a mixed and sustainable community. An approach that has proved successful across the rest of Ravenswood.
For these reasons local MP Ben Gummer considered our case appropriate for referral to the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, who has decided to “Call In“ the decision of the Council. The effect of this is that there will be a local independent enquiry into the decision.
As the Residents Association we are applying to the Planning Inspectorate for 3rd Party status so that we can be involved in the process and submit evidence.
When we know more in terms of what we need to do and the timescales we will update the website.

Article in Ipswich Star;-