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Walton Green schemes to provide resort with 575 homes on farmland

PUBLISHED: 17:03 12 February 2016

The 30-acre Walton Green North field has been earmarked for housing by Suffolk Coastal.

The 30-acre Walton Green North field has been earmarked for housing by Suffolk Coastal.

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Proposals have been put forward to build 385 new homes on the edge of Felixstowe - opposite another field where permission has been granted for 190.

Both schemes are being developed by landowners Trinity College, Cambridge, and will remove the buffer zone between Felixstowe and Trimley St Mary.

The latest scheme will see 385 homes built on the 30-acre Walton Green North site in Walton High Road, earlier earmarked for a Tesco superstore, which was rejected by councillors in favour of another site.

The development will include some small business units, public open space, and a link road through the site to connect High Street and the Walton bypass, Candlet Road, with roundabouts at each end.

Felixstowe Rifle Club will move from its headquarters to a new range off Nicholas Road.

The plans will be unveiled at a public exhibition on Monday, February 22, from 3pm to 7.30pm at Felixstowe Trades and Labour Club, High Road West.

Trinity College said the development – and the 190 homes on Walton Green South next to Felixstowe Academy – would be built over a number of years.

A spokesman said: “The growth of jobs in Felixstowe and Walton, driven by the expansion of the port, means that employment is now out of balance with the availability of housing in the area.

“The development will make an important contribution towards new housing in Felixstowe, Walton and the Trimleys.

“Around 385 homes will bring a mix of house sizes and styles alongside new business units, infrastructure improvements, landscaping and open space.”

The link road would help to relieve traffic problems on High Road.

Planners have identified the need for 1,760 new homes in Felixstowe and nearby villages and already earmarked the Walton Green North site for up to 400 homes in the draft Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan so the plans are not unexpected.

However, the addition of business premises has not been welcomed by everyone.

Town councillor Kimberley Williams said the business units were not part of the original strategy for the site.

She said: “There is no evidence base to support putting business units on the land north of Walton High Road – the business units, if built at all, should go into existing commercial areas in Felixstowe, around the dock and at Haven Exchange.”

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