Felixstowe: New seafront regeneration project to be unveiled

WORK could start next spring on a multi-million pound project for homes and leisure on Felixstowe seafront – if revised proposals can be agreed, it was revealed today.

It would bring to an end a 28-year saga to get the 17-acre south seafront site transformed as part of the regeneration of the resort from a derelict eyesore into an eye-catching development.

Planning permission was granted two years ago for a maritime park – known as Martello Park – but work has not started because of the recession.

The new draft plans will be unveiled at an exhibition next Wednesday from noon to 7pm at Felixstowe Town Hall.

The changes are expected to involve a new layout for the proposed new homes, but campaigners will be hoping the scheme does not see a cut in the leisure facilities, especially as these have already been drastically reduced over the years.

The currently-approved scheme features a variety of new play equipment for all ages, with water play jets, picnic areas, and seats, cycle paths, gardens and a small stage and seating area for musical and theatrical events.

Tim Bluff, land director at Bloor Homes Eastern, said: “It has been a long-held aspiration of the council to achieve the regeneration of this prominent site, but delivery has been hampered by adverse market conditions.

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“The good news is that we now believe we have a solution which can bring this important scheme forward, whilst retaining a package of landscaping, recreational and playspace measures which will enhance the seafront.

“We will also be providing new and improved public car parking provision of some 261 spaces at Langer Road and Manor Terrace as well as a substantial financial contribution to achieve the refurbishment of the listed Martello Tower.”

Robert Whiting, cabinet member for resources at Suffolk Coastal, said, “Our role in this partnership is to ensure the best possible deal from the sale of the land and to gain some much- needed leisure attractions for this key part of the resort.

“The new leisure proposals offer an exciting range of play facilities for children of all ages, whether they be visitors or those living in the proposed homes or other local residents. There is also a range of attractions for other age groups that would help make this an exciting addition to the reasons why Felixstowe offers great days by the sea.”

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