Lobby group celebrates
CAMPAIGNERS were jubilant today after winning their fight to stop Felixstowe's south seafront scheme – but already preparing for the next battle.The war is not over, and the council and Bloor Homes could appeal against the refusal, or bring forward amended plans.
CAMPAIGNERS were jubilant today after winning their fight to stop Felixstowe's south seafront scheme – but already preparing for the next battle.
The war is not over, and the council and Bloor Homes could appeal against the refusal, or bring forward amended plans.
Bob Rust, of Manor Terrace, who helped co-ordinate the residents' opposition, was "absolutely delighted".
"During the meeting we felt up and then down depending on who was speaking, but gradually it became clear that the councillors were with us and agreed with our views over this scheme," he said.
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"Now we will have to wait and see what happens."
Michael Jones, solicitor for the Save South Seafront Soakaway Group, put forward arguments showing 12 breaches of the Local Plan and breaches of national policy, highlighting concerns over flooding, traffic, and the tower.
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Afterwards, he said "common sense prevailed".
"We had the Local Plan on our side and the arguments in our favour – if it had gone to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister I am sure he would have also sided with us," he said.
If there was an appeal, he was sure a fair-minded inspector would also reject the plan and the objectors would seek costs.
Doreen Rayner, chairman of the West End (Felixstowe) Residents' Association, said: "It is wonderful news – I couldn't believe it when I heard. But we still have to keep our eye on this because it is not over yet."
Councillor Mike Ninnmey said: "The decision has restored my faith in local government."
Cabinet member responsible for the project, Andy Smith said he was "surprised and distraught".
He said: "This is a tragedy for Felixstowe. It would have been a superb development which would have provided much-needed housing and leisure facilities and tidied up that end of town. It is very sad."
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