Beauty spot will stay despite new homes

LANDOWNERS who want to build 1,620 new homes in countryside north of Felixstowe today reassured residents it would not mean the loss of a cherished beauty spot.

LANDOWNERS who want to build 1,620 new homes in countryside north of Felixstowe today reassured residents it would not mean the loss of a cherished beauty spot.

The group of landowners and occupiers, who at this stage have not been identified, denied their plans would mean the destruction of places such as Gulpher Pond and the Grove woodland.

The consortium says north Felixstowe - essentially land within the boundary of Gulpher Road on the other side of the Walton bypass - is the “only viable location” for large-scale development.

Town councillors are recommending the area as the best site, despite a huge campaign against development by the Save Felixstowe Countryside protest group.

Councillors though have also asked for an alternative site off the A14 at Trimley St Martin to be considered as a possible place for a standalone community of 4,000 homes.

The consortium, which issued a statement through Framlingham estate agents and chartered surveyors Clarke & Simpson, confirmed landowners were working together on the project.

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“The north of Felixstowe offers the only viable location where the lifestyle of existing and new residents of Felixstowe can be properly considered and accommodated,” said the group.

“It has the most sustainable road network and public transport. This area already includes recreational facilities including sports ground, allotments and a golf range and there is no reason why any of these need be lost.

“There will be sufficient land available to provide all relevant services, infrastructure schooling and amenities and it is adjacent to key features including a post office, doctors' surgery, restaurants, supermarket and a retail centre located within the town.

“These are within realistic walking and cycling distances.”

The group denied Gulpher duck pond, enjoyed by families for generations, would be lost or there would be a great impact on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Suffolk Coastal is consulting on several potential sites for homes for Felixstowe, including sites submitted by landowners and developers, and people have until March 28 to give their views.

Where should 1,620 homes be built in Felixstowe? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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