Haven Gateway gets growth status

IPSWICH and Felixstowe ports received a major boost today when the government gave the Haven Gateway sub region “New Growth Point” status.

IPSWICH and Felixstowe ports received a major boost today when the government gave the Haven Gateway sub region “New Growth Point” status.

The Haven Gateway Partnership, which also includes the ports of Colchester, and Harwich, said the new status would deliver critical funding for vital infrastructure and development projects.

The status will see a new long-term partnership between the Department for Communities and Local Government and the partnership.

The Haven Gateway region covers south-east Suffolk and north-east Essex but the area's growth is to be primarily focused on Ipswich, Colchester, and the ports of Harwich and Felixstowe.

George Courtauld, the Haven Gateway Partnership chairman, said: “We are delighted that the government has chosen our area as a Growth Point.

“We believe we have struck the right balance between prosperity and preservation by keeping this much-needed growth in very specific places.”

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The growth plans for the gateway area include 23,000 new jobs and 29,600 new houses by 2016, new container terminal facilities at the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich the redevelopment of the Ipswich waterfront including the provision of a new University Campus for Suffolk.

The Haven Gateway region is one of the fastest growing areas in the east of England. Central to the growth plans will be targets to ensure it mains high environmental values and a high quality of living.

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