Felixstowe: Anger after legal documents kept secret over homes developments

FELIXSTOWE: Campaigners fighting controversial proposals for new homes on the Felixstowe peninsula today slammed council chiefs for “keeping secret” vital documents.

There is great uncertainty over dozens of development projects after wildlife experts intervened with an objection which has halted the planning process.

Following advice from two lawyers, Suffolk Coastal is making further investigations amid concern that huge amounts of land are currently unprotected from speculative development proposals.

Campaigners from Save Trimley Against Growth (STAG) have asked Suffolk Coastal for sight of the legal advice the council received from lawyers which led to the homes plans being put on hold – but have been refused.

Group spokesman Ian Cowan said: “STAG are not asking about the legality or otherwise of invading Iraq, but sight of a document supposedly relating to the environmental impact of visitors on the Sandlings heathlands.”

Council officials, though, say the legal advice is confidential and revealing it could jeopardise any court challenge over the homes plans.

For the full story, see tonight’s paper.

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