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Felixstowe: Homes project generates 230 protest letters

PUBLISHED: 19:06 30 January 2014

The field in Ferry Road, Felixstowe, seen through one of the windows of the pillbox on the site.

The field in Ferry Road, Felixstowe, seen through one of the windows of the pillbox on the site.

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Controversial proposals for up to 200 new homes on farmland next to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are set to be approved, despite more than 230 objections from residents.

Felixstowe Town Council has labelled the project for a site in Ferry Road as “over-development”, conservation group The Felixstowe Society has objected and Suffolk Preservation Society has also voiced concerns.

Suffolk Coastal District Council planning officers though say the 12-acre scheme submitted by Optima Land and Property should be approved and will provide much-needed new homes for the resort, with one-third of the properties set to be affordable homes.

The council says the town needs 1,760 new homes in the next 12 years.

In their objections, residents have catalogued a long list of concerns – including the unacceptable loss of a greenfield site, high-quality agricultural land, before all brownfield sites are used; and traffic concerns, especially as the adjoining Gulpher Road is to become a ‘quiet lane, the town centre is 1.2miles away and no bus routes nearby.

In a report to councillors, who will decide the fate of the project on February 6, case officer Liz Beighton said: “The proposal represents a sustainable residential scheme, makes efficient use of the land, sits comfortably in its surroundings and is suitable and available for development.

“There are no barriers to development in this instance and the site accords with the strategy for development advocated in the Core Strategy.”

She said it would also bring “significant economic benefits”.

Each new home was estimated to generate £36,700 of economic value and the scheme would bring £7.34million of benefits, as well as providing homes for workers for new projects creating extra jobs.

Two people have been arrested after a double stabbing at a bungalow in a quiet cul-de-sac in the Westbourne area of Ipswich.

Two people suffered the effects of cold after their dinghy capsized in water off Wrabness, near Harwich.

The manager of an Essex pub that has been banned from holding outdoor music events due to noise complaints has spoken of the “ongoing battle” staff have faced with neighbours and councillors.

A former Suffolk Sea Cadet instructor who was given a suspended prison sentence after he had sex with a 15-year-old girl has been locked up for six months after he broke a court order banning him from having unsupervised contact with any other young girls.

Arthur Scoffield cried when he watched Saving Private Ryan at the cinema. The horrific realism of war depicted by Steven Spielberg perhaps got the better of the proud old Ipswich soldier.

The mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague says she would rather be “waiting for a phone call than not” despite the agony of what news from the landfill site means.

A campaign aiming to raise £40,000 towards the creation of a law centre in Suffolk has received a cash boost from two companies.

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