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Felixstowe: Fears voiced that resort could be made to take extra 2,000 homes if Adastral Park development at Martlesham is thrown out

10:28 12 August 2014

Martlesham Heath and Adastral Park

Martlesham Heath and Adastral Park

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Campaigners are seeking assurances that if a court backs a bid to stop 2,000 new homes at Martlesham, it will not mean the properties are built in the Felixstowe area instead.

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Three of the country’s most senior judges will sit in the High Court to hear an appeal aimed at preventing the massive development at BT’s Adastral Park.

The court previously rejected a case brought by No Adastral New Town (NANT) and found in favour of Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The 2,000 homes destined for Martlesham are a key factor in the authority’s blueprint for the future growth of the district and the largest single housing allocation.

The district needs 7,900 new homes by 2027, including 1,760 in Felixstowe, 1,520 in market towns such as Framlingham, Leiston and Saxmundham, and 1,350 in villages.

STAG (Save Trimley Against Growth) fears the 2,000 Martlesham homes will have to be re-allocated to other communities – and fears the Felixstowe area, the district’s largest urban centre, would be the key target.

Ian Cowan, of STAG, has written to Suffolk Coastal chief executive Stephen Baker to say the prospect of extra homes in Felistowe or the Trimleys is “very disconcerting”.

He said: “Therefore, will you confirm that under no circumstances will any of the 2,000 homes currently allocated to Martlesham Heath ever be re-allocated to areas round Felixstowe or the Trimley villages.”

Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal cabinet member for planning, said he was confident the plan would be able to successfully stand the scrutiny of the Appeal Court, as it had already been given the seal of approval by an independent planning inspector as well as a High Court judge.

He said: “However, this protracted process is now obviously leading to negative speculation, causing unnecessary concern and uncertainty among the wider community, which we would have hoped to avoid.

“What is particularly frustrating is that, until this legal action is resolved, this will inevitably cause further delay to our ability to implement the Local Plan and will put unnecessary pressures on the council when it is considering applications for housing developments across the district.”

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16 comments

  • The editor says the Star does not have a censorship policy and they want to encourage open debate. If this is the case, why have so many perfectly reasonable comments been removed from this thread?

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    Grumpy Git

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • If immigration wasn't so high we wouldn't need to be concreting over vast swathes of our countryside in the first place.

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    RobbieS

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Not sure everyone does agree there's a need for more housing. There's plenty of housing capacity stood empty if it's about putting roofs over people's heads. New housing makes money for lots of people who don't usually live near the developments, that's the real demand.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Of course if there is a problem Suffolk Coastal will seek to dump on Felixstowe. They have always shown a callous disregard for the needs of the town, always prioritising their precious Woodbridge. Why would they act any differently now? If the court throws out Adastral I hope that whilst the anti campaigners are dancing in the streets, they will spare a thought for the people they will be dumping their problem onto. But then that's not how nimbyism works, is it?

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    paul

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • With reference to the people who are, quite rightly, saying the roads and infrastructure at Adastral Martlesham will not be able to cope - please don't forget that the same thing applies around Felixstowe Trimleys. Plus, we are at the end of a peninsula, with only one road in and out! Also, with regard to attracting high-tech jobs, the aspiration is for Martlesham and Felixstowe to both be attractive, which means they will be in competition with each other as well as being in competition with other areas of the country with similar aspirations.

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    Grumpy Git

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Re Grange Farm. The original plan was for a new relief road from the A12 Martlesham roundabout to replace the Kesgrave Rd in to Ipswich. That was the bases for planning permision being given to the thousands of houses. Then Suffolk CC and Suffolk Coastal reneaged on the deal as all those people in Playford etc objected to any form of development. Leaving it quicker from North West Ipswich to travel up the A140 and across the A143 than trying to get to Woodbridge. Also hence why the villages to the North of Ipswich are plagued with traffic as people try to cut out the Kesgrave Rd and the part of the A12 around Woodbridge that should have not been turned in to a local access road for the School and housing it was originaly a bypass !. Greater Ipswich needs investment from central government in roads infastructure if it is to take the development now planned. No investment no new houses as simple as that.

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    The Ginge

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Everybody accepts we need more housing in this country, however no one wants it on thier doorstep which is the big challenge. However, in this case the infrastructure needs huge investment before building additional housing there, the existing set up is abysmal as it is with thousands using the A12 from all the towns and villages north of Woodbridge. You can't keep dumping new housing estates where the roads are not up to scratch, Grange Farm being a gerbil cage as it is.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Not sure why 1000 houses between Bell Lane and Dobbs Lane is seen as a better plan than 2000 houses at Adastral Park. Perhaps it just makes sense to those who hope to make some money.

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • The area at Adastral honestly isn't suitable for so many houses. There isn't the required infrastructure. We've basically got one giant housing estate with no real community facilities stretching all the way along Kesgrave and through Martlesham Heath as it is.

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    Tamara Knight

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • There just simply isn't the infullstructure at Martlesham. The roads will be chaos.

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    David White

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Well I see Mr Cowan has really got his finger on the pulse, note Mr Cowan the CEO does not make policy decisions he carries out policy made by councillors. I think you wrote to the wrong person, the tail may wag the dog in your neck of the woods but I expect it does not apply to local authorities the elected members make the decisions, which apparently they did to allocate the housing to the Adastral Park area which one inspector and high court judges have found sound, so if the legal system prevails the high court should find in favour of the Council.

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    True blue

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Let's hope the judges see sense and allow the development. A great area to build on in my opinion

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    DirtyleedsHawks

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Awful idea to build houses at adastral I hope the judge agrees with nant. The area simply wouldn't cope not that SCC cares as long as they get houses built and extra income from council tax. Such a shame.

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    IpswichResident

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Funny that, Suffolk Coastal dumping housing anywhere other than Aldeburgh or all the other quante villages or maybe, hold your breath Woodbridge, nah dump on Ipswich at Adastral Park or Felixstowe where you guessed it they all come around Ipswich to block the A14. Great joined up local councils working together. Adastral Park only works if you get an Ipswich Northern Bypass and that then allows the Garden Suburb to be built as well. But hey Suffolk Coastal its someone elses problem to bypass Ipswich is it not. As for having traffiic lights on a dual carriageway of the A12 you could not make it up, but local councilors seem to be able to.

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    The Ginge

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • While the Adastral development will bring employment and privately funded infrastructure changes, none of the alternatives do that. Not sure that those opposing the development want more housing in Felixstowe's as that won't meet their financial interests.

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Suffolk needs high tech investment.. What else does it have except farming ?.. New homes, High tech park and JOBS!!! Suffolk is way behind the country when it comes to high tech... We need BT to stay in Suffolk.

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    Ipswich Company Director

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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