Trimley vision means thousands of homes

FOUR out of the six options for the future of Felixstowe and the twin Trimley villages envisage building more than 2,200 new homes in the area, it was revealed today.

By Richard Cornwell

FOUR out of the six options for the future of Felixstowe and the twin Trimley villages envisage building more than 2,200 new homes in the area, it was revealed today.

One option offers the possibility of 1,800 and the other no extra homes at all.

But none of the options provide for the growth the historic villages really want - just 50 to 100 homes - and residents are worried their communities will be swamped with housing.

Details are contained in a 146-page consultation document and the public are being asked to send in their views by April 2.

Next week in Trimley - where opposition to massive development has been most vociferous - a public meeting will be held and Andy Smith, Suffolk Coastal cabinet member leading the Local Development Framework (LDF) project, will be guest speaker.

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He will be accompanied at the meeting, at the Memorial Hall in Trimley St Martin at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 14, by planning officer Stephen Brown. Suffolk Coastal MP John Gummer is also expected to attend.

The Suffolk Coastal area has to provide 10,200 new homes in the next 15 years. About 6,580 already have planning permission, have been built or are under construction.

Mr Smith said: “Even with no increase in population, more homes are needed because we are all living longer and more often at home rather than in care homes, while marital/relationship break-ups mean two homes rather than one are needed, and young people are leaving home earlier.

“Also, more people are moving here for both work and retirement.

“In particular, I am passionate about the need to do what we can to ensure that our young people can find and afford a home, very often in their own local community - something which is nowadays increasingly difficult for the majority.”

The LDF was not just about housing, but also about ensuring a healthy economy, to provide jobs and wealth needed to fund public and individuals' investment in the future, and protect the environment.

Planners say because of its increasing number of smaller households, the Felixstowe area will need 1,740 new homes by 2026 to accommodate its existing population. If no homes are built, the population will drop by 3,650, mainly young families and children.

Where do you think new homes should be built in the Felixstowe area? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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