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Road danger warning over new homes

PUBLISHED: 14:35 02 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

MORE houses look set to be built in Felixstowe … but Highways officials fear it could mean danger for motorists.

Proposals for 12 homes to be built off Candlet Grove in the town have also angered some nearby residents who are concerned that the entrance to the complex could be hazardous.

MORE houses look set to be built in Felixstowe … but Highways officials fear it could mean danger for motorists.

Proposals for 12 homes to be built off Candlet Grove in the town have also angered some nearby residents who are concerned that the entrance to the complex could be hazardous.

They are also worried that the planned garage blocks and parking areas will cause a disturbance to the elderly people's bungalows that they back on to.

However, the plans, which are to be discussed by Suffolk Coastal's south area development sub committee on Thursday have been recommended for approval and look set to be given the go-ahead.

Felixstowe Town Council has supported the plans but the Highways Authority has stated that they should be thrown out.

In a report, officials said: "There will be no, or little, convenient parking facility for visitors, tradesmen or deliveries which could lead to vehicles parking on Garrison Lane or around the access creating obstructions and dangers."

Concerns were also raised about the lack of a footpath along the road.

But planning officers felt that as only one access is being created and there are speed restrictions along Garrison Lane, the difference in traffic movement would not be enough to justify refusal of the application.

The houses are planned for land next to Dashwood House, on the west side of Garrison Lane near to the traffic lights.

Two years ago, plans for four bungalows on the same site were rejected by Suffolk Coastal because the development involved direct access from Garrison Lane, which is a major feeder link for traffic into Felixstowe.

The application was later allowed on appeal but it was felt at the time that any access would lead to slowing and turning movements, which would interfere with the free flow of traffic.


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