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RRA Anual General Meeting 2018

Will be held on Tuesday 10th July 2018 at Ravenswood Community Centre - prompt start at 7:30pm
(near to the Ravenswood Medical Centre & Chemist (IP3 9QJ)

Following previous successful AGM’s we encourage you to attend this AGM in order to meet the existing Committee and to bring to our attention any issues that may be bugging you, which might benefit from our intervention or that we can help with. We are a community focused Association.

Committee – election of Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary
All Committee positions are up for election, including those of Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary.
At least 3 of the existing Committee members have been on (and off) the Committee since the Association was formed in 2001.
We are an experienced and friendly bunch and will ensure any new Committee members will be supported during the transition.
We encourage you to consider whether you would like to join the Committee by taking on one of the aforementioned positions or by becoming a ‘general committee member’.

Guest Speaker
We are pleased to invite:
Astrid Martin (founder member) and Jo Southall from Ravenswood Wildlife Group

Also in attendance
Bill Knowles - Ipswich Borough Council Councillor
Daniel Maguire – Ipswich Borough Council Councillor
Bill Quinton – Suffolk County Council Councillor
plus a representative from Suffolk Constabulary

 

Social Event Ideas
We would greatly value your opinion and ideas for another community social event, in addition to, or instead of, the annual Scarecrow Event.

 

UVW update - January 2018

Background to Site UVW
The UVW Plot between the School and Fenbight Circle, off of Downham Boulevard, was due to have had 94 Council Homes built upon it some 3 years ago.  However, a considerable number of Ravenswood residents, formally represented by the Ravenswood Residents Association (the RRA) pointed out to Ipswich Borough Council that its proposal went against the Government's NPPF – (National Policy Guidelines) which recommended not building more than 15 new Council homes in close proximity to each other, without building new Freehold homes for sale, thus continuing with the mixed-tenure development which has always been the planning policy at Ravenswood. The total current mixture of dwellings at Ravenswood amounts to approximately 65% private housing, with the remaining 35% consisting of housing comprised of disability bungalows, housing association’s dwellings and some Council housing. The housing plan shows that this latter 35% is dotted around and mixed up in a pepper-pot way throughout the development in amongst the private housing so that no one type of property stands out from any other. Purchasers and investors electing to ‘buy-in’ to Ravenswood were therefore buying in to the Policy for this harmonious way of living, which was after all, a Policy that was produced and approved by Ipswich Borough Council the best part of 18 years ago when Bellway Homes started to build the first homes here.

With regard to site UVW the RRA, backed by the residents, decided to try to negotiate a better plan with IBC, but when our pleas fell on stony ground we sought the help of solicitors and subsequently, and perhaps more importantly, politicians who could interpret and relate to the NPPF guidelines. After submitting our viewpoints, IBC and the RRA met at a Government Call-in to put our cases before an Inspector and following a period of deliberation the Secretary of State ruled that the case put forward by the RRA and the Residents had been the correct path to follow.

Current Situation  
The current situation is extremely encouraging in that IBC's Housing Strategy 2017 -2022 confirms that the tenure split identified for new housing schemes should be made up with:

65.8% Market/Private housing
19.4% Affordable Rented housing
14.8% Affordable Home Ownership (5% Shared Ownership and 9.8% Starter Homes).

Council Leader David Ellesmere was quoted in the Ipswich Star in November 2017 as saying that... "as a result of a Government decision on the proposed new homes at Ravenswood, we are not able to build more than 15 new council houses without also building new homes for sale or for market rent." This had been part of the RRA's case against IBC when they told us that IBC could not build and sell houses. Detective work by the RRA with help from Councillors supporting our case, identified at least 3 other councils in East Anglia who were doing just that, and to keep the books separate for administering the houses for sale, they confirmed that they had all set up separate companies for just this task.

Now some year or so later, David Ellesmere confirmed to the Ipswich Star that IBC " has set-up a new Council-owned company, Handford Homes Ltd." to handle the aforementioned administration surrounding the sale of Market/Private Housing.

In summary and after the best part of 3 years of campaigning ‘we’ are, where we all could have been at the beginning of this saga, if only the existing and proven Planning Policy conditions had been applied to site UVW.  The residents supporting the RRA are pleased that sense has prevailed and have been glad to interact with IBC and agree upon a mutually acceptable outcome for all.  For the benefit of all residents residing at Ravenswood it was our commitment to you all that the Planning Policy would remain the same throughout the development, which in our view, has contributed to the popularity of Ravenswood as a pleasant place to live for nearly 20 years.

 

Ravenswood Residents Association Annual General Meeting 2017

Date: Tuesday 27th June 2017
Start time: 7:30pm
Location: Ravenswood Community Centre

 

Ravenswood Residents Association is now in its 16th year of existence, so come along and meet the Committee of people who work on your behalf to help make Ravenswood a better place for all residents.

Everyone who lives on Ravenswood is welcome to attend.  This is your opportunity to share your Ravenswood related concerns with us and our invited guests.

Our guests include our local Councillors and Inspector Andy Pursehouse from Suffolk Constabulary.

Road Markings on the Thrasher roundabout

Following the Residents Association's discussions with Suffolk County Council's Highways Dept., we are pleased to see they have now renewed the ‘keep clear’ road markings on the Thrasher round-a-bout.  
We hope this will make entering and exiting Ravenswood a little easier.

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