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Felixstowe: Homes project generates 230 protest letters

PUBLISHED: 19:06 30 January 2014

The field in Ferry Road, Felixstowe, seen through one of the windows of the pillbox on the site.

The field in Ferry Road, Felixstowe, seen through one of the windows of the pillbox on the site.

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Controversial proposals for up to 200 new homes on farmland next to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are set to be approved, despite more than 230 objections from residents.

Felixstowe Town Council has labelled the project for a site in Ferry Road as “over-development”, conservation group The Felixstowe Society has objected and Suffolk Preservation Society has also voiced concerns.

Suffolk Coastal District Council planning officers though say the 12-acre scheme submitted by Optima Land and Property should be approved and will provide much-needed new homes for the resort, with one-third of the properties set to be affordable homes.

The council says the town needs 1,760 new homes in the next 12 years.

In their objections, residents have catalogued a long list of concerns – including the unacceptable loss of a greenfield site, high-quality agricultural land, before all brownfield sites are used; and traffic concerns, especially as the adjoining Gulpher Road is to become a ‘quiet lane, the town centre is 1.2miles away and no bus routes nearby.

In a report to councillors, who will decide the fate of the project on February 6, case officer Liz Beighton said: “The proposal represents a sustainable residential scheme, makes efficient use of the land, sits comfortably in its surroundings and is suitable and available for development.

“There are no barriers to development in this instance and the site accords with the strategy for development advocated in the Core Strategy.”

She said it would also bring “significant economic benefits”.

Each new home was estimated to generate £36,700 of economic value and the scheme would bring £7.34million of benefits, as well as providing homes for workers for new projects creating extra jobs.

12 comments

  • As long as they don't knock down the pill box.

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    zaax

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • There are around 240 empty houses in Felixstowe, presumably not counting those still under development and in the pipeline, and according to the Census the population is declining. So, would someone like to remind me - Why are these homes "much needed"?

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    Grumpy Git

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Build some houses, mortgage them @ 95% pay 5% interest. Repeat.

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    IanW

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Locals don't say that new houses are not needed, we say that they should be in the right place - not more than a mile from the town centre + railway station etc, 15 minutes walk from a bus stop on a greenfield site at the very edge of the AONB as far away as can be from the A14 and the Port (Suffolk Coastal seem to think that everyone who lived there would work at the Port!) and any other site of employment. 200 houses = 300+ cars all of which have to squeeze along one road, past two primary schools where the volume of traffic is already a danger to children and parents alike. To develop this site would be sheer madness.

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    besidetheseaside

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • The trouble is, people who have got houses don't want people who haven't to have one.

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    tel

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • After the Andy Smith article they had to finally give in and allow the building of houses in the sovereignty of Old Felixstowe.

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    Basin Digger

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • A choice between landowners and 'ordinary' residents with Suffolk Coastal's planning committee .... who do you think will win? Silly question.

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • They will approve new houses that the local roads can't handle. But not a beautiful turbine, just proves it comes down to money. Instead of allowing something that generates power quite 'greenily' let's put in another bunch of energy zapping houses, then fill them with people's of other countries of birth.

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    Lee Davies

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • FELIXSTOWE, THE DUMPING GROUND FOR THE MELTON MAFIA. They have ruined our beaches with more rocks than Gibraltar, boarded up the Spa Pavilion, ripped up and fenced off the Spa Gardens, sold off the Bartlett cheaply for 'affordable' apartments (only Richard Branson can afford), made walking in Hamilton Road a game of Russian roulette avoiding the cars, now they want to concrete over the last piece of Felixstowe Countryside. For goodness sake, wake up people of Felixstowe before it is too late. Another case of ' Nero fiddles while Rome burns ' .

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    felixstoweblue

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • But, felixstoweblue the question is how? The Felixstowe and Suffolk Coastal residents consistently vote in a majority of Tory councillors, I'm not sure that a Labour majority would make any difference and presumably on appeal the Government would still allow it.

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    DALINE

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • They will approve new houses that the local roads can't handle. But not a beautiful turbine, just proves it comes down to money. Instead of allowing something that generates power quite 'greenily' let's put in another bunch of energy zapping houses, then fill them with people's of other countries of birth.

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    Lee Davies

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Can I ask what exactly did Cameron mean when he said about Local decisions being made by Local people ?

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    freedomf

    Friday, January 31, 2014

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