Felixstowe: Developer’s offer aims to overcome protest over plans for 190 homes on land next to Felixstowe Academy

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.

Thursday, January 23, 2014
12:44 PM

Proposals for 190 new homes on top-quality farmland on the edge of Felixstowe have moved a step closer after developers offered highways and community benefits in a bid to overcome objections.

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Landowners Trinity College, Cambridge, have put forward the scheme for a 12.7-acre site known as Walton Green South, next to the new Felixstowe Academy off Walton High Street.

Suffolk Coastal council refused permission for a previous application for the homes – one third of which will be affordable – amid concerns over the extra traffic at the school entrance shared with the estate, the effect on listed Walton Hall, and that the plan was against policy.

Felixstowe Town Council was told the application had been resubmitted with some changes made to move some of the housing away from Walton Hall, and also to increase landscaping to protect the hall.

Anglian Water had also indicated a new pumping station was needed to control flows into the main sewer.

A landscaping bund with acoustic fencing on top would be built around the site to curb the noise from the A14 and rail line.

Talks had also taken place between the town council, Trinity College, their agents Bidwells, and others, and the college was now prepared to build a three-arm roundabout on Walton High Street – overcoming the town council’s main concern last time around – to improve road safety, and also to contribute £147,824 towards sports provision in the town.

Plans committee chairman Andy Smith said: “As far as we are concerned this seems to be what we asked for – we seem to have got what we wanted.”

Councillor Stuart Bird said land needed to be found for the 1,760 homes earmarked for Felixstowe.

He said: “It’s no good burying our heads in the sand and hoping these houses will materialise out of the ether. This site meets all the requirements.”

Councillor Doreen Savage said: “We cannot keep on refusing housing and we have some contentious applications coming up in the months ahead. This site is accessible and the infrastructure is in place.

“Now we have the offer of a roundabout, too, which mitigates some of the arguments from before.”

But councillors Kimberley Williams and Mike Deacon said the project should be refused – it was against policy, and would mean the loss of prime grade two food-producing land, the best and most versatile and which the council should be fighting to preserve.

Mr Deacon said: “It’s still a greenfield site, still good quality agricultural land, and we are going to need land like this in the future.”

Ms Williams warned the committee that offers made by developers were “not set in stone” and there had been several instances where legal agreements had been altered and items like affordable homes later removed.

She said: “We need to use brownfield and infill sites first and then, and only then, look to build on greenfield land.”

The committee agreed to recommend approval for the homes providing the roundabout and sports cash was guaranteed.

18 comments

  • Offering "affordable homes" is merely a temporary measure to gain planning approval. Once approval is granted the developers will go back to the Council and claim that the development will be unprofitable with so many affordable homes and ask for the figure to be reduced. Going on past history, is will be approved and the development will go ahead with far fewer affordable homes.

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    Grumpy Git

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Marc - All the property will be affordable by someone otherwise it would be stupid building them!!!!!!

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    MotorBotor

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • 2 things strike me here: firstly, look at the picture and you will see the back of the Cavendish estate and Dock Spur Road, seems like an ideal place rather than retaining a small area of land that is cut off from other farming land. Secondly, and more important for me, is that the council seems to have changed their mind for the cost of £147,000 towards sports facilities. Yes, the town could do with improved sporting facilities but why should it be at the expense of the these developers! it bares no significance to the development that I can see. New properties mean more council tax which in turn means a proportion will be allocated to sports facilities as it currently is I suspect. Our councillors need to be careful not to drive away everyone that wants to invest in our town.

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    Homeofstowe

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • How odd, £147,824 was the precise figure I had also randomly selected

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    Liam Dodd

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Come on people, the way I was brought up this was called "bribery" why is it allowed now?

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    October girl

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I am uncomfortable with building on a green field site and with the housing estate sharing the school link road. But on the other hand the town needs affordable housing - AS LONG AS THE COUNCIL DOESN'T ROLL OVER ON THIS POINT AGAIN!!!!

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    Seasidemac

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I am uncomfortable with building on a green field site and with the housing estate sharing the school link road. But on the other hand the town needs affordable housing - AS LONG AS THE COUNCIL DOESN'T ROLL OVER ON THIS POINT AGAIN!!!!

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    Seasidemac

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Must be time for Tesco to resubmit their application again now then? Ideal timing as with all this expansion alongside it can't possibly be refused! Always said, matter of time....

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    Disbeliever

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Just proves the old adage. '' Every man ( councillor ! ) has his price ''. To Planners and Councillors it's the 'sweeteners' that swing votes. To the rest of us it's called 'bribery'. Still, who cares about honesty these days !!

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    felixstoweblue

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Just proves the old adage. '' Every man ( councillor ! ) has his price ''. To Planners and Councillors it's the 'sweeteners' that swing votes. To the rest of us it's called 'bribery'. Still, who cares about honesty these days !!

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    felixstoweblue

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • 'Andy Pandy' ( with 'Dicky Bird' very very closely behind him) have triumphed ! This now completes the destruction job on Felixstowe. The beach has more rocks than Gibraltar, the Spa Gardens fenced off and looking like a bomb site and the Spa Pavilion is nicely boarded up. Just leaves our countryside to build on and 'Job Done' Andy.

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    felixstoweblue

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Offering "affordable homes" is merely a temporary measure to gain planning approval. Once approval is granted the developers will go back to the Council and claim that the development will be unprofitable with so many affordable homes and ask for the figure to be reduced. Going on past history, is will be approved and the development will go ahead with far fewer affordable homes.

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    Grumpy Git

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I like the provision of one third affordable housing. Not sure about the two thirds that will be (by implication) unaffordable.

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    Marc Turner

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Everybody read the top story. Councillor Andy Smith rejecting plans for a house be being next door to him. Hope the neighbors win. Now he knows what it feels like. Him and all his little followers have ruined Felixstowe. Affordable houses people will buy them and then rent them out at sky high prices.

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    biggles the pilot

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Indeed Grumpy Git. Seen it happen too many times for it to be a coincidence, Basically, developers have smarter accountants than the Council.

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    Marc Turner

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Indeed Grumpy Git. Seen it happen too many times for it to be a coincidence, Basically, developers have smarter accountants than the Council.

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    Marc Turner

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • This will be the largest bottleneck in Felixstowe, the Old Felixstowe mafia are doing a fine job stopping the building of houses in their " back yard ". The council should be for the majority and not the minority.

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    Basin Digger

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Affordable home's ,, Why don't they just call them what they are ( Council house's ) or are they frighten no one will buy the private house's knowing they might have a yob family living next door

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    MIGUEL100

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

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