DEVELOPERS are promising that one-third of a new 190-home estate will be affordable homes for rent.

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The project is the first in a series of major developments set to be brought forward for Felixstowe and the Trimleys with the area set for nearly 1,800 new homes in the next 14 years.

Trinity College, Cambridge, has submitted proposals for the 16-acre field off Walton High Street, next to the new Felixstowe Academy site, between the railway line, A14, and rear of Walton Hall.

Although it will be provide only 11 homes to the acre – far less than expected by planners today – it will include play areas and considerable landscaping buffers to protect residents from noise from the dual carriageway.

The architects say the homes will range from one-bed flats up to five-bed houses, with most of them two-bed and three-bed, and one-in-three social housing.

The scheme has been lodged with Suffolk Coastal council for outline permission with much of the detail to be agreed later.

Saunders Partnership Architects said: “The scheme proposes a high quality mix and variety of residential properties, including affordable dwellings. The new homes proposed respond to the identified need for new dwellings within the Walton, Trimley and Felixstowe area.

“Other community benefits include large high quality landscaped open spaces, play areas and an enhanced setting to the public footpath along the edge of the development.”

The site was supported for housing by the majority of people who commented at a public exhibition, provided traffic was well managed.

Roy Gray, of the Walton Felixstowe Community First Group, which is fighting plans for a Tesco superstore on the opposite side of Walton High Street, said: “It will be interesting to see how many people object.

“I think by putting the two housing plans and Tesco scheme in as separate applications, it could split and dilute the opposition.”

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