Have your say on major homes proposals

Residents are being offered their last chance to have a say on how many new homes should be built in Felixstowe and the twin Trimley villages.

FELIXSTOWE: Residents are being offered their last chance to have a say on how many new homes should be built in Felixstowe and the twin Trimley villages.

Planners are proposing 1,410 new homes - 80 a year - will be built up to 2025, around 30 per cent less than first proposed.

About 400 already have planning permission or will be on urban brownfield sites, but there will be a need to identify greenfield land for around 1,000 properties.

On Monday at 7pm, Felixstowe Town Council is holding a special meeting at Orwell High School to discuss the proposals - the consultation process ends on Wednesday .

Town clerk Susan Robinson said: “There will be 45 minutes for public speaking at the start of the meeting to allow people to give their views - people will be restricted to three minutes each so we can allow as many as possible to take part.”

People wanting to speak can tell Town Hall staff in advance or put their name on the list on the night.

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Once Suffolk Coastal agrees numbers to be built, the next stage in the Local Development Framework (LDF) will be to identify specific sites and there will then be fresh public consultation on these.

Campaigners are desperate to prevent building in the countryside north of Candlet Road, but villagers in Trimley do not want all their fields developed.

A spokeswoman for Save Felixstowe Countryside said: “We would like the council to reconsider equitable distribution of housing across the district, where growth can be properly managed with little upgrading of infrastructure being necessary, and in accordance with the need expressed by smaller towns and villages.

“To do so offers the LDF an opportunity to gain community support, and acceptance of a core strategy based on proven local need.”

Is 1,400 homes for Felixstowe too many? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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