New homes on farmland project is against policy, say objectors

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.

Richard Cornwell richard.cornwell@archant.co.uk
Thursday, December 5, 2013
11:00 AM

Experts have attacked proposals for 200 new homes on farmland on the edge of Old Felixstowe – saying the scheme is “clearly contrary” to policy and could harm an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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Suffolk Preservation Society, which is calling for the development of the 12-acre site in Ferry Road to be refused, said the homes would introduce light, noise and significant traffic movement into a tranquil area.

Director Fiona Cairns said: “In addition the AONB setting will be detrimentally altered by the development of the site which currently serves as a buffer between the edge of the designated area and the urban fringe.”

Optima Land and Property has submitted the scheme to Suffolk Coastal council, which has yet to make a decision.

Felixstowe Town Council has recommended refusal, and the district council has received more than 200 objections.

The Suffolk Preservation Society is concerned about several aspects of the proposals.

Ms Cairns said the selected site is outside the settlement boundary of Felixstowe on land classified as high quality Grade 2 agricultural land and policy says lesser quality land should be developed first.

She said: “It is clear that the brownfield capacity of Felixstowe has not been exhausted and a sequential approach to the selection of the site has not been followed.

“By prioritising high quality land above brownfield and lesser quality agricultural land, this application is contrary to national planning policy.”

She said the scheme was “clearly contrary” to a number of policies.

Optima says the land is already bounded on two sides by housing.

It said: “Most of the houses are positioned side-on to the site, as if development on each of the three roads was intended to be extended into the site.

“There is a requirement for new homes in Felixstowe and a development of up to 200 new homes will be an important step in starting to address this need.

“Additional homes will help to support the creation of new employment opportunities and will help to reduce the level of commuting to the town.”

7 comments

  • @cwayconsit...sorry but I have to disagree with you on this one !, Felixstowe Ferry area is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and as such should be protected !, this application would not be for 'Affordable Homes' for people on the waiting list, these would be 4 or 5 Bedroomed Homes for very wealthy people !, it is just some 'Developer' seeking to make a killing at the high end of the market !!

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    freedomf

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • The mafia cartel & snobs of old Felixstowe are never going to allow this in " their back yard " So just kick the idea out and save some of our money.

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    Basin Digger

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • There is NO government target. Suffolk Coastal have set their own target, ad the figure for the Felixstowe area is at least 1,760 new homes over the next 15 years. They have never provided convincing evidence as to why this number of homes are needed, where the people will come from or where the jobs to support them will be created. Few, if any, of these homes will be affordable and it is nit NIMBY to question the need for such a development.

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    Grumpy Git

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Just to put the record straight on what has been said with regard to the Walton Tesco site it was rejected on the grounds that it is the only piece of grade 1 farmland left in the area and building an out of town store of this size would not help helped our town centre, plus Trinity College only ever wanted outline planning for houses and were certainly not interested in building if the store was rejected. One piece of information you may not know is that SCC owned over 7 acres of that field but due to poor management gave it away to Trinity just to get access to their new academy, I will let you work out how much 7acres of prime tax payers land is worth, and I am fairly sure they have only been given right of access to the academy from Trinity. So all in all not the best deal for us the tax payer.

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    Paul

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Absolutely agree with cwayconslt! This area has a Government target of 600 new homes, yet every single application is met with gasps of horror. They have to go somewhere. The Tesco Walton Green scheme was rejected on what to me seemed a perfect run down site, surrounded by roads and development, now this proposal. So where do the houses go people? If we continue rejecting everything we'll end up with Central Government imposing, and that will be far more unpopular. The world is rapidly changing, except in NIMBY's minds.

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    Disbeliever

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Problem is that year on year not enough houses are built in the UK to meet the growing demand. Money is one reason but finding sites is another. Not everywhere is exceptional and needs an exemption. Everyone has the option to move if they don't like the new development. There is a need for more honesty from objectors.

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • My exasperation with these "NIMBY" groups knows no bounds. The population of these isles continues to grow apace, shortage of housing is causing house prices to rocket, rents are going through the roof, hence more houses are needed. "Planners" hinder residential development at every turn. Nimbies demonstrate against any and every sort of residential and commercial development on the Felixstowe peninsula. Get a life all of you. Two hundred years ago there wer just a few houses on the peninsula. When an "incomer" decided to build another house nearby, the existing householders cried "overdevelopment", "danged furriners", "wrecking the environment", "contrary to (my) planning policy". What utter tosh and twaddle these nimbies and "preservation groups" spout, whilst they themselves live in houses that were built during the last 50 years.

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    cwayconslt

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

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