Felixstowe: Councillor’s bid to prevent new home next door after being a advocate for the building of nearly 2,000 new homes in the town

Cllr Andy Smith Cllr Andy Smith

Richard Cornwell richard.cornwell@archant.co.uk
Friday, January 24, 2014
9:35 AM

A senior councillor who has advocated the building of nearly 2,000 new homes in his town is battling to stop a new house being built in his neighbour’s garden.

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Andy Smith, chairman of Felixstowe Town Council’s planning committee, and who until recently was cabinet member for planning at Suffolk Coastal, says the site is too small for the new property, which would be “squashed in”.

He was also left “extremely surprised and disappointed” by his own planning committee’s decision to recommend approval for the new home.

Suffolk Coastal councillors have since been recommended by their planning officers to refuse consent, but have deferred their decision in order to make a site visit.

Plans propose building a new two-and-a-half storey house on part of the side garden of a property in Foxgrove Lane, Felixstowe.

Former mayor Mr Smith, who lives next door with his wife Gill, has lodged a strong objection to the scheme.

He says that two previous attempts to build in the garden had been refused and the grounds for refusal were still valid and had been reinforced by planning policy since.

He said: “This is not a routine infill development due to the very specific layout, character and prominence of the site. It would create a perceived density of development much higher than currently exists on this prominent part of Foxgrove Lane, and as such be significantly out of character in this situation.

“There simply is not room to develop this site in any way that would have reasonable regard to the amenities of the surrounding area and our own property in particular.”

Suffolk Coastal officers say the new house would cause overlooking, loss of privacy and loss of light.

43 comments

  • This is a 'nothing story'. The Planning officers recommend refusal and its already been refused twice which suggests that the applicants aren't bothered about the impact of the development on their neighbours irrespective of who they are.

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    skrich

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • The Old Felixstowe Mafia strikes again.

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    Basin Digger

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • "Give 30 years to your local community" He has chosen again and again to stand for election - elections where the vast majority of people choose to ignore these playground politicians. Yet another reason for Mr Smith to look red faced as he scuttles around a once smart and elegant town. These amateurs on Felixstowe town council and Suffolk coastal council have created a legacy in Felixstowe of boarded up buildings and a look of decay in parts of the seafront. Mr Smith is now looking rather foolish to a larger audience with this coverage. Something I welcome.

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    Gina Frost

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Now - if he owned the bit of land and was selling it or building on it to sell I bet it would be a different story. He's a HYPOCRITE of the highest level.

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    Silly Uncle Fred

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Now that they have been exposed & humiliated, lets hope the council will start building houses all over the Felixstowe area and not just away from their " sovereignty ". felixstoweblue comment is the most truthful.

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    Basin Digger

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Muppet! PC Plod hits the nail on the head.

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    FXT Canary

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Totally agree with' besidetheseaside'. The fact that Andy Smith was 'specially dispensated ' to remain in the room when his SCDC Planning Committee colleagues reviewed his neighbours application, just wreaks of double standards. Not to mention the psychological influence caused by his presence there. Obviously he is a 'special' man with a 'special' house and some very 'special' friends' in the right places. What hope have we mere mortals.

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    felixstoweblue

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • The biter bit.

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    cwayconslt

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • LMAO. Would be quite funny if norfolk council bought the beighbours house and put their incinerator there wouldnt it. Then he could really moan. And i do hope the muppet comment was not directed at me

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    Joe bloggs

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Since Councillor Smith wants to build thousands of houses on other peoples doorsteps because there is a desperate need for them, would it not be reasonable to suppose that he would be willing to set an example?

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    Grumpy Git

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Planning officers don't always get things right. That is why there are democratically elected Planning Committees to make the final decisions on important matters. The fact that the owner of this land is now making his third application means that he is merely playing the system - doing the same that the big developers do.

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    Grumpy Git

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Totally agree with 'cwaycoslt' that he should be voted out ( or booted out ! ) at the next election. Problem is, majority of local residents are totally disillusioned with this ineffectual Fx Town Council and don't actually vote. This means he gets in at a stroll on the 'blue' postal voters alone. For residents, a case of you reap what you sow I am afraid.

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    felixstoweblue

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • Now - if he owned the bit of land and was selling it or building on it to sell I bet it would be a different story. He's a HYPOCRITE of the highest level.

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    Silly Uncle Fred

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • At last the real face of Andy Smith exposed. He never speaks for Felixstowe or the residents, just himself. What a hypocrite. Houses can be anywhere except in his own back yard. He has overseen the destruction of our beach, the Spa Gardens left a mess, the Spa Pavilion boarded up and now he want to concrete over our countryside. What makes his house so 'special' . What was that you said at the Planning Meeting Andy ' Houses have to go somewhere' !!!! Nice to see we are all in this together.

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    felixstoweblue

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I admire you defending your father Dean, but locally it feels as though our councillors are not engaging with the town or defending our interests - see the boarded up Spa, neglected seafront around the leisure centre, failure to secure affordable housing from developers who then go on to market flats for half a million pounds. A lot of people are disappointed and disillusioned in those who are meant to be looking out for us and our town, that is what is being expressed here.

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    Seasidemac

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • JOE BLOGGS ARE YOU A MODERATOR . YOU SEEM TO GET A LOT OF STUPID COMMENTS PRINTED.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • Typical. As soon as it is on his doorstep he complains. How do you think we feel with a supermarket on at the bottom of our garden. I hope the neighbors get planning permission. They are all the same.

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    biggles the pilot

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • If he doesn't like the neighbours plans he could just move. Then when he is the new kid on the block maybe everyone will oppose the plans he has, and block them all. You reap what you sow

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    Joe bloggs

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Lee, while I agree with your comment in principle, Andy Smith is a local councillor, not an MP. A classic case of NIMBYism!

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    Emmy Lou

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Don't do as I do …..................

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • This is hypocrisy and double standards of the highest order. Once Mr Smith knew he was to be involved in objecting to a planning application he should have stood down from all planning committees (Town and District). Failure to do so shows a serious lack of judgement on his part and he should resign from both the Town and District Councils.

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    besidetheseaside

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • But just look at the monsters dominating the existing properties in parts of Manor Terrace and Orford Road, yet these were given a seal of approval!

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    John Shirley

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Why does this insignificant story involving a self serving councillor have to appear in the 'Ipswich Star' ?

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Suffolk Coastal officers say the new house would cause overlooking, loss of privacy and loss of light! That is a load of rubbish. When I found out that a bus stop and layby for the buses to pull up in was to be built 4 feet from my back garden, without being advised,( the first I knew of it was when the workmen turned up and started digging up the pavement), I was told by an obnoxious man from the council that they did not need planning permission for a bus shelter, and that they could build a bus shelter wherever they liked. I and my neighbours now have double decker buses pulling up and passengers being able to see directly into our houses and gardens, while the buses are sometimes parked up for sometimes upto 10 minutes while the drivers have a cigarette etc, and unless we want privacy in our own house, we have to draw the curtains which should not be, and cannot sit out in the garden in the Summer as we feel as though we are on show to the public. So Andy Smith please do not expect me to feel sorry for you.

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    amp2904

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Councillor Smith is now a laughing stock with zero credibility among voters and colleagues. After "30 years of service" surely it is now time for him to step down?

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    Grumpy Git

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • I admire you defending your father Dean, but locally it feels as though our councillors are not engaging with the town or defending our interests - see the boarded up Spa, neglected seafront around the leisure centre, failure to secure affordable housing from developers who then go on to market flats for half a million pounds. A lot of people are disappointed and disillusioned in those who are meant to be looking out for us and our town, that is what is being expressed here.

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    Seasidemac

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • EADT - you're better than this. Give 30 years to your local community and apparently lose normal rights to enage with the process without being villified by the press.

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    DEAN SMITH

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Not on my doorstep but its's ok anywhere else. I would gaurantee that most of these approvals for new houses are nowhere near where these town planners live.

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    royg

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • This is exactly the sort of local news that should be brought to our attention. It does sound slightly hypocritical but it's difficult to really comment without knowing more about the plot of land in question.

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    Liam Dodd

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Loss of privacy Loss of Light what about all the property's that have been ruined in Felixstowe because he passed plans for building new houses. Boots on the other foot now MR A Smith

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    biggles the pilot

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Now - if he owned the bit of land and was selling it or building on it to sell I bet it would be a different story. He's a HYPOCRITE of the highest level.

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    Silly Uncle Fred

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Having read all the comments. MR A SMITH time you stepped down. Let your neighbour build a house.

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    biggles the pilot

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I admire you defending your father Dean, but locally it feels as though our councillors are not engaging with the town or defending our interests - see the boarded up Spa, neglected seafront around the leisure centre, failure to secure affordable housing from developers who then go on to market flats for half a million pounds. A lot of people are disappointed and disillusioned in those who are meant to be looking out for us and our town, that is what is being expressed here.

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    Seasidemac

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Grumpy Git makes a good point, but I feel the fragrant councillor will not have the luxury of "stepping down" but suffer the ignominy of being voted out (booted out) by his electorate. I sincerely hope the councillor is sent packing and takes his pomposity and hypocrisy with him.

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    cwayconslt

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Now - if he owned the bit of land and was selling it or building on it to sell I bet it would be a different story. He's a HYPOCRITE of the highest level.

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    Silly Uncle Fred

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Well a sure fire way to get permission would be o change their name to say mmmmmmm Tesco then they would be almost guaranteed permission ( and get mr smiths wholehearted backing)

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    Joe bloggs

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • What goes around comes around. Now having a taste of your own medicine, Mr. Smith? The residents of the west ward have had to suffer all of Suffolk Coastal experiments in the last 10 years against the wishes of the majority of the residents in this ward. A couple of examples come to mind is the skate park, and now we're having the luxury wildlife area. We've all been left extremely disappointed and surprised by some of your cabinet decisions in the past. Now you know how we feel, the tax payer.

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    Marc James

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • not printed again my comment

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    pandy

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Typical councillor. Inflict anything on other people as long as it doesn't affect them. Different story now then.

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    james n

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Ah the old moderator has stepped in. What a joker!

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    Lee Sadler

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Best bit of news I've had this year, it was ok for him to give the green light for a huge supermarket development to be built at the bottom of residents gardens on a small plot of land so hope this gets the go a head as well.

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    Alan Smith

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Don't do as I do …..................

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • PC Plod

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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