Dr Dan recently met with members of the Northern Fringe Protection Group, to discuss their ongoing concerns about Labour-led Ipswich Borough Council’s plans for the Northern Fringe mass housing development of up to 15,000 houses and flats over the precious Green Belt land to the north of Ipswich.
Dan’s position on the Northern Fringe has always been clear – Ipswich needs redevelopment and housing in the town centre, with all the economic benefits that will bring to the town, not mass development on the precious Green Belt land in the north of the borough. Although Dan is in favour of increasing the supply of affordable housing in Ipswich and Suffolk for young people and families so that they can continue living and working locally, he believes this should always be done in a careful way by building first on brownfield sites. It has been done very well in areas such as Framlingham, Great Blakenham and Stowmarket, where local people are being supported onto the housing ladder with development that is being carefully managed and is sensitive to local needs. Before any new homes are built, Dan believes it is vital that the correct infrastructure in terms of jobs, schools and hospitals is in place to support new homes and communities.
Dan will continue to fight alongside the Northern Fringe Protection Group against this inappropriate development plan, and hopes that Ipswich Borough Council listens to the views of its residents going forward.
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Written Answers — Department for Transport: A14: Bridges (10 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many days the A14 Orwell Bridge has been closed in each year since 2000.
Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients (8 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of working-age adult mental-health bed admissions have taken place under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 2009.