Plans to build four new affordable homes close to a Suffolk port have been refused because of concerns about flooding and noise.

Housing developer Orwell Housing Association had applied to East Suffolk Council for permission to build the three-bedroom properties on land to the south of Adastral Close in Felixstowe.

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However, the council rejected the application because the homes would have been developed in an area with a high probability of flooding, while the houses would have been built close to the Port of Felixstowe, meaning the occupants would have been exposed to high levels of noise.

Planners also cited a loss of open space as another reason for the refusal.

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As well as the new homes, the plans also involved the relocation of existing play equipment and upgrading of current play equipment.

In a letter to the agents for the applicant, Boyer Planning, the council's head of planning and coastal management Philip Ridley said not enough information had been provided to demonstrate that it was not possible to locate the homes in other areas at low risk of flooding.

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