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Time needed for Felixstowe regeneration

PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

MORE time is required before a decision is taken on multi-million pound plans to regenerate Felixstowe's South Seafront land.

The Felixstowe South Seafront Land Sub-Committee has considered two competing bids to unlock the potential of the Council-owned 17-acre site but the councillors want more time to weigh up the options.

MORE time is required before a decision is taken on multi-million pound plans to regenerate Felixstowe's South Seafront land.

The Felixstowe South Seafront Land Sub-Committee has considered two competing bids to unlock the potential of the Council-owned 17-acre site but the councillors want more time to weigh up the options.

"Last month we spent a day interviewing the two teams behind the bids to

find out first hand more about how they proposed to develop the site and how they intended to work with the Council and the local community," said

David Smith, Chairman of the Felixstowe South Seafront Land Sub-Committee, after this week's meeting.

"There are strong merits to both proposals and equally there were many

detailed questions and issues raised by councillors, local residents, and

the panel of internal and external experts we had with us. We had hoped to have all the answers with enough time to consider them properly before the meeting, but unfortunately that was not the case.

"Rather than rush into a decision, we are going to take a bit more time. This is a multi-million pound development which could be a major addition to Felixstowe and the district, and we need to get it right" he said.

In 1999, the Council agreed to seek a leisure development with a maritime theme for the 17-acre site, ideally including a themed feature trail, play equipment, pedestrian and cycleways, toilets, landscaping, car parking, and an events area.

This project is set to be self-financing, but to make it financially

attractive for private developers it has been agreed that there can be some homes built on the site. Any scheme will have to comply with existing planning and resort policies, which would mean that some of the homes would be for rent to local people.

The Sub-Committee is due to meet in November to make its final

considered decision.

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