Felixstowe/Trimley: Homes campaigners prepare for public inquiry

CAMPAIGNERS are today looking forward to having a chance to put their case over why fields on the Felixstowe peninsula should not be concreted over with 1,700 new homes.

It will be the main topic when the public inquiry is held into the Suffolk Coastal core strategy, which will shape the way the district develops in the next 20 years.

In the Felixstowe area, around 1,700 new homes will be needed to cope with changing lifestyle patterns, and people moving into the area to take up new jobs.

But campaigners believe enough brownfield land is available. STAG (Save Trimley Against Growth) has submitted an 80-page document showing why it believes too many new homes are proposed and greenfield sites should be protected.

Mike Moore has been appointed as the inspector for the examination in public to determine if the core strategy is a sound document. No date has yet been fixed for the inquiry.

Ian Cowan, of STAG, said: “There is a feeling in our group, and in a number of villages and other action groups, that we have been ignored.

“We welcome the chance to go before an inspector because at last we will be able to have our say.

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“It will give us the chance to put our case fully and strongly and explain the difficulties we have had with the consultation process and the many reasons we believe the core strategy is totally unsound.”

Andy Smith, cabinet member for planning at Suffolk Coastal, said Mr Moore would look at whether the strategy was appropriate and deliverable.

“We need to get in place an officially approved ‘sound’ plan as soon as possible to give our district the protection it needs to guard against speculative or ill-suited developments, while putting in place the carefully set out and managed framework that will balance future growth with the need to protect the treasured parts of our district,” he said.