Consultants map out resort

CONSULTANTS have today been appointed to draw up a £100,000 masterplan to map out the future of Felixstowe.Leading town planning and urban design consultancy David Lock Associates of Milton Keynes has been awarded the contract for the blueprint for the regeneration of the resort – and work has already started on it.

CONSULTANTS have today been appointed to draw up a £100,000 masterplan to map out the future of Felixstowe.

Leading town planning and urban design consultancy David Lock Associates of Milton Keynes has been awarded the contract for the blueprint for the regeneration of the resort - and work has already started on it.

The consultants have six months in which to complete it, with the finished document set to be a key part of the new local action plan outlining future policy for development of the seaside town.

Over the next few months all parts of the community will be invited to have their say on the long-term vision.

Suffolk Coastal and the Haven Gateway Partnership linked up to successfully gain a major grant from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) to help fund the project.

Andy Smith, council deputy leader said: "The consultant has six months to produce a draft master plan for Felixstowe, a blueprint for residents, businesses and potential newcomers alike on how this town should develop in the future."

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Four areas will be the principle focus of the study, with the spotlight concentrating on:

n the town centre and access to it from both the A14 and the seafront area;

n the seaside/resort area;

n the port and surrounding area;

n the wider residential area, and its relationship with the countryside and the Trimleys.

The project will look at the area's environmental quality, how it copes with traffic, the potential for regeneration, redevelopment and new development, and a view on the services on offer in the town.

Mr Smith said: "To set up this project has been a partnership, with funding from EEDA, English Partnerships, Felixstowe Town Council and this council. "For it to be successful, it is vital that all parts of the community put their views on the future of their town."

"We expect to end up with an independent and expert analysis of the challenges and conflicts facing the town, issues such as port and resort, conservation and growth.

"The final document will feed into the development of local and regional planning policies, setting out for all to see the vision of how Felixstowe expects to develop as a community over the next ten or so years."

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