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Felixstowe: Controversial greenfield homes schemes given go-ahead at resort

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:29 10 February 2014

Developers want to build 190 homes on the field next to the site of the new Felixstowe Academy building - the access road to the school would serve the estate.

Developers want to build 190 homes on the field next to the site of the new Felixstowe Academy building - the access road to the school would serve the estate.

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Nearly 400 new homes at Felixstowe – nearly a quarter of those needed at the resort over the next 13 years – were yesterday approved on two edge-of-town greenfield sites.

New policy for the Suffolk Coastal area says the resort must have an extra 1,760 homes, in addition to those already given the go-ahead but not yet built, by 2027.

Councillors approved proposals from Optima Land and Property for up to 200 properties on a 12-acre field in Ferry Road, Old Felixstowe, and 190 homes for Trinity College, Cambridge, on a 12.7-acre field off Walton High Street.

Together the developments should provide around 120 much-needed new affordable homes.

The council chamber was overflowing as more than 100 objectors packed the south area development management meeting to hear the debate on the Ferry Road site.

Councillors had received more than 230 objections, with residents claiming the project would destroy views from the adjoining Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and introduce light and air pollution, extra traffic on roads congested at peak times, and mean the loss of grade two farmland.

Felixstowe Town Council labelled the project as “overdevelopment”, conservation group The Felixstowe Society called for refusal, and Suffolk Preservation Society voiced concerns.

Councillor Chris Slemmings believed residents would accept some development and called for a planning brief to be designed for the site, but councillor Doreen Savage said the land was unsuitable, the project premature, and too far from shops and other services.

Councillor Kimberley Williams said: “The environmental harm of this application outweighs the very limited social and economic benefits it will bring.”

She urged that all brownfield land be used before greenfield any sites are taken, and feared because of the daily congestion in Ferry Road and Colneis Road, people taking students to Felixstowe Academy would use the newly-designated “quiet lane” Gulpher Road as a “rat run”.

Head of planning Philip Ridley accepted the homes would have an impact on the AONB but said the harm was outweighed by the need for new homes. He said “delivering housing is paramount”.

Councillors voted six to three to approve the development and then by a narrower five to four to accept the land off Walton High Street after Trinity College offered to build a three-arm roundabout at the entrance to the 190-home estate, which will share access with the new academy.

Development of the site was refused last year and the college has lodged an appeal – and councillors had been warned that losing the case could cost taxpayers up to £50,000.

Planning case officer Liz Beighton said: “Officers re-affirm the position that there are no defendable grounds to refuse the application and its refusal will in all likely event place the council in a very difficult position should the appeal be pursued.”

12 comments

  • HYPOCRISY OR JUST FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES ?? Previous applications refused, adverse affect on street scene and character of area , prominence of site, over development, out of character, overlooking neighbours, loss of privacy and light and views etc etc.. SCDC decide that none of these are important for Ferry Road residents and approve the development. Next case on the agenda was dear old Andy Pandy's little problem with his neighbours development application. Same objections but surprise, surprise, planning refused by his mates on the Committee. What chance have we mere mortals against such flagrant abuse of power.

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    felixstoweblue

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Who wants to be a millionaire? The greedy idiot who owned this site. He has sold this town out and in doing so, has allowed a housing company to destroy the fantastic views of this nice area with grossly overpriced houses. Thank you Sir. Much Appreciated

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    a.emmerson

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • It doesn't matter what the residents think, the council will steamroller this through no matter what.

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    PC Plod

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • It doesn't matter what the residents think, the council will steamroller this through no matter what.

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    PC Plod

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • The land is owned by the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, better known as Trinity College Cambridge. Their motto is Virtue is True Nobility, do they live up to this I will leave you to decide. You may also ask why it is Tesco who are wanting to build on Trinity land on the other side of the road, well Trinity College has a 50% stake in a Tesco portfolio worth £440 million might have something to do with it. http:www.telegraph.co.ukfinancenewsbysectorretailandconsumer9046781Cambridges-Trinity-College-buys-50pc-stake-in-Tesco-stores.html

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    fredjag

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • THE MELTON MAFIA STRIKES AGAIN !! Thousands of pounds of tax payers money was spent producing a Local Plan & Core Strategy for Suffolk Coastal. What a complete waste of our hard earned money. Yesterday SCDC totally ignored both and manipulated the rules to suit themselves. The extent of 'planning' involved here is a Farmer willing to sell his fields + a developer wanting to make a fast buck + SCDC seduced by the New Homes Bonus & fear of the cost of a Developers appeal. Ridley and his Planning cronies cunningly steered the Committee to this pre planned decision, pushing them back on course at the first sign of any dissent.. TOTAL STITCH UP. Still, who at SCDC really cares about Felixstowe ? Just look at the disgraceful state of our BEACH, the SPA PAVILION, the SPA GARDENS, the BARTLET HOSPITAL development farce etc etc etc.

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    felixstoweblue

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Deeply disappointed - but not surprised. A certain AS was noticeably absent, but undoubtedly sent his instructions. A certain GH - who used to live a stones throw from the Ferry Road site where he campaigned against development - meekly put his hand up as instructed. Two more steps on the road to making life in Felixstowe and the surrounding area a completely intolerable place to live. Thanks a bunch SCDC. Oh yes - an application to build one house in an already built up area was turned down by the same Committee. What a shock!!!

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    besidetheseaside

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Cor(e) Strategy - blimey charlie - they got it wrong again!! What we need is less digging up of Trimley High Road - not more disruption when they start whacking in loads more houses. Don't forget, folks, we can vote these councillors out when the time comes round and get an even worse lot in. Anybody for tennis?

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    cwayconslt

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Wonder what the odds are now before the Walton Green Tesco development slides back into play? Mind you we'll need the store now with all these extra residents. People can't see a truck coming when they stand in front of it, and thats where our bungling "local representatives" should be, on a truck!

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    Disbeliever

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • It beats me why people still get astonished by the stupidity and ignorance of our District Councillors.

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    Grumpy Git

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • The decision on Ferry Road is just absolutely appalling. It will be a complete disaster for the local area and will also adversely impact the AONB. It is the wrong sort of development - in completely the wrong place! There will also be substantial additional expenditure required to upgrade highways on three sides of the site - which will undoubtedly fall apart within months of construction traffic accessing the site. And we will all be very fortunate if the accident rate around the nearby school doesn't increase markedly. I am completely astonished at the Council's stupidity and ignorance.

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    KJP

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • So Suffolk Coastal can keep their precious town of Woodbridge free of such developments and can now continue to suck even more council tax out of Felixstowe to squander elsewhere...........their contempt for the largest town in their jurisdiction is mind-boggling

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    paul

    Friday, February 7, 2014

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