Campaigners brand proposals unfair

CAMPAIGNERS trying to stop hundreds of new homes being build on fields in the historic twin Trimley villages today branded the proposals as “unfair and unnecessary”.

CAMPAIGNERS trying to stop hundreds of new homes being build on fields in the historic twin Trimley villages today branded the proposals as “unfair and unnecessary”.

STAG - Save Trimley Against Growth - feels there is a move to deliberately “load the dice” in favour of swamping St Martin and St Mary with new homes, despite the severe impact this would have on the community.

But the action group says all the new houses needed could be built in Felixstowe - with none in the Trimleys - and the sites have been identified in the masterplan for the future of the resort.

Suffolk Coastal councillors have agreed a “going for growth” option which will mean 3,430 homes being built in Felixstowe and the Trimley villages, an increase of 26 per cent in the housing stock.


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STAG chairman Carl Storer said the option chosen was “wrong, perverse and will bring discredit to the whole of Suffolk Coastal District Council”.

He added: “The decision to favour Option Six (going for growth) ignores the facts with regard to housing statistics and land availability, grossly overstates the need for new houses, and unfairly and unnecessarily allocates greenfield land around the villages of Trimley St Mary and Trimley St Martin for large scale housing development.”

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STAG has now produced a 14-page report objecting to the housing proposals.

It believes the figures for the number of homes needed are fatally flawed - and planners should go back to the drawing board before it is too late.

The masterplan drawn up by David Lock Associates identifies brownfield and greenfield sites in Felixstowe capable of accommodating 1,795 new homes, which the Trimley campaigners say should be enough for the area and say the need for 3,000 homes is “grossly exaggerated”.

Other homes could then be provided in other parts of the district.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

www.trimley-st.martin.org.uk

www.trimley-st-mary.org.uk

www.savetrimley.co.uk

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