TOWN councillors have given the green light to a project to build 190 new homes next door to the new £19.5million Felixstowe Academy campus.

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The two developments – the academy is currently under construction – will share the same access off Walton High Road.

Felixstowe Town Council recommended approval for the 190 homes on the 16-acre field, but called for a mini-roundabout or traffic lights at the junction.

If the Tesco superstore and 200 more homes on the Walton Green site on the opposite side of the street get the go-ahead, a roundabout will be built.

Planning consultant Stephen Burgess said the land, owned by Trinity College, Cambridge, had been identified as a potential site for housing.

Of the 190 homes, one-third would be social housing for rent.

Former town mayor Doreen Savage said: “I don’t think there is any particular problem with this application – we have to find additional housing in Felixstowe – except for the access. It would not be so bad if the academy did not feed into the same access-way.”

Councillor Mike Stokell said: “I have grave concerns about traffic movements in this area.”

Mayor Mike Deacon accepted there was a need for more homes, especially affordable housing. However, he was not convinced all brownfield sites had been exhausted and felt prime agricultural land should not be used until they were.

Give us your views on the proposed development. Write to Your Letters, Felixstowe Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN

4 comments

  • Funny how the scheme involving local government sails through with town council support but external schemes are seen as riddled with problems.......?

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    paul

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • this is great news and is almost giving the green light for the go ahead to build the new tescos.this store will be badly needed to cope with the influx of residents.

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    Matron

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • So where is this influx of people coming from, pray tell. Just where are these people, in RomaniaBulgaria, are they lining the streets of Felixstowe begging for houses, are they camping in surrounding fields??? Someone to tell me please. And where are the jobs for these people who so desperately need to live here. The dock for all their investment haven't substantially increased their staffing levels, for years. Don't tell me they are all going to be working at Tesco on part time hours, and we the tax payer making up the wages in the form of benefits.

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    October girl

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

  • Tescos next! At last some common sense! No Councillor with any morals can vote against that after agreeing this. Excellent news.

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    Disbeliever

    Friday, March 22, 2013

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