Refusal is urged for new homes on ‘isolated’ site at Haven Exchange at Felixstowe

An area of vacant land at the Haven Exchange in Felixstowe could be used for 61 new homes.

An area of vacant land at the Haven Exchange in Felixstowe could be used for 61 new homes. - Credit: Archant

Community leaders say proposals for 61 new homes near the Port of Felixstowe would create “an unacceptably isolated pocket” of homes.

Town councillors are also concerned at whether the 4.2-acre site at Haven Exchange off Dock Gate Number One roundabout is suitable land for building – with the area suffering huge groundwater problems and the site having been a dump for spoil when the A14 was built.

Equity Land Ltd has drawn up a scheme for 14 four-bedroom properties, 36 three-bed and 11 two-bed homes at the rear of Peewit Caravan Park.

Felixstowe Town Council is calling on Suffolk Coastal council to refuse permission and to leave the site allocated for light industry, which is says is still the most appropriate use.

It said: “It is the council’s view that development of the type proposed would represent an unacceptably isolated pocket of residential properties which would be difficult to integrate into the wider community.

“The town council is concerned about poor land stability on this site, especially at its perimeters due to longstanding and fundamental ground water issues in this location.

“This is true of the area surrounding the site, not only on the higher land to the north but also along the entire immediate, previously marshland, area.”

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Pomery Planning Consultants, for the landowners, said the applicant accepted there was a need to retain and provide a range of employment but had done all he could to find employment users and felt it time for alternative uses to be considered.