New homes for Felixstowe greenfield site
GREENFIELD sites for 1,620 new homes are set to be allocated in Felixstowe, Walton and the twin Trimley villages, it was revealed today.There will also be around 300 homes on other urban sites, and 180 homes built which have already been given planning permission - providing the area with 2,100 new homes over the next 15 years, but 620 less than anticipated.
By Richard Cornwell
GREENFIELD sites for 1,620 new homes are set to be allocated in Felixstowe, Walton and the twin Trimley villages, it was revealed today.
There will also be around 300 homes on other urban sites, and 180 homes built which have already been given planning permission - providing the area with 2,100 new homes over the next 15 years, but 620 less than anticipated.
Specific sites for the properties have still not been identified but planners say 55 per cent are likely to go on two or three large sites and most on smaller parcels of land.
A document to be discussed by Suffolk Coastal's local development framework task group on September 11 suggests where the new homes needed up to 2024 should go, but stresses there will be more consultation before final decisions are made.
The suggestion of 1,620 homes on greenfield land in the Felixstowe area will mean inevitably sites in Trimley St Martin and Trimley St Mary are targeted. There are also fields alongside Walton High Street and north Felixstowe has also been suggested.
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Even though the proposals have been scaled down, Save Trimley Against Growth is deeply worried the villages will take the brunt of what it calls “unnecessary and unwanted” large scale housing developments.
Building less homes - 2,720 homes were originally expected - will not please everyone.
Consultants have already warned the Felixstowe area needs 1,700 homes just to maintain its current population because of smaller households due to people living alone, marriage break-ups, children leaving home, and 400 extra houses may not be enough to revitalise the resort.
As well as having more people of retirement age than normal, Felixstowe needs homes to encourage families to live there, cater for expansion of the port and jobs this will bring, and cut down commuting.
The report says “a large proportion” of the homes needed for the district will be put in the Felixstowe area and “modest expansion” of the Trimleys would be possible without losing their individual character.
“Opportunities for development of previously developed land are extremely limited,” said the report.
“An attempt has been made to assess the potential from current previously-developed land within Felixstowe and the Trimley villages. The total estimate of 300 dwellings is relatively small given the size of the settlements, largely due to their nature with few redundant sites and constraints imposed by such factors as flood risk. Therefore, allocations of greenfield land will be necessary.”
Fewer homes though would be needed than originally envisaged because the council is now using up to date housing information and has revised its estimates.
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