Plans revealed for 26 new social housing units in Ipswich’s Hawke Road

Plans have been unveiled for a new social housing development which will see 26 homes built on Hawke Road in Ipswich.

The homes are set to be developed on the former Diesco site, which was purchased by Ipswich Borough Council in 2020. It will use land at the nearby playground and recreation area.

Under the proposal, 20 houses, consisting of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties, will be built along with six one-bedroom apartments.

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All houses will be equipped with solar panels and will benefit from dedicated parking. The houses will have their own private gardens while the apartments will benefit from a communal garden.

Plans also include a new play area which will feature different areas dedicated to toddlers, juniors, ball games, active climbing and sports. There will also be seating, landscaping and walkways.

Councilor Neil MacDonald, Ipswich Borough Council housing portfolio holder, said: “The plans for Hawke Road show our commitment to building new, high quality homes for local people. A scheme of this scale represents a significant investment in new homes in the city and I look forward to being able to provide new homes for 302 households in 2024.

“In the meantime, the development of 16 apartments in Grimwade Street will be completed in the coming months and the development of six apartments in Emmanuel Close will be completed in the coming weeks.”

The scheme is being developed by council house building company Handford Homes and architectural firm Barefoot & Giles.



A CGI of what the new Hawke Road playground will look like

The architects and the municipal parks team will be available to discuss the project with the public on Wednesday, March 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meetings will take place at All Hallows Church Hall, 320 Landseer Road, Ipswich, IP3 0EN.

Ipswich Borough Council has also recently released plans for a 30 apartment development on Fore Hamlet.

Work is also expected to begin at both Bibb Way and Ravenswood UVW later this year. Together, these four developments will create 302 new homes by 2024.

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