Work is underway on 50 new homes which will finally complete one of the biggest housing estates on the Felixstowe peninsula.

The 900-property Farmlands estate in Trimley St Mary was largely completed in the 1980s but there have been a few parcels of land which remained undeveloped.

Bloor Homes built the 98-home Thurmans Grove between The Josselyns and Thurmans Lane six years ago and now work has started on the final piece of land between Thomas Avenue and Thurmans Lane.

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Developers Matthew Homes Ltd, of Potters Bar and landowners Trinity College, Cambridge, were granted permission for 50 homes on the four-acre site – including 17 affordable homes.

An East Suffolk Council report said: “The 50 dwellings contain a mixture of detached, semi-detached, terraced and flatted properties ranging in size from one-bed to four-beds. Apart from the proposed block of flats, which is three storeys in height, all the properties are proposed to be two storeys in height.”

Thomas Avenue will be extended to create access for the development.

The project includes a total of 95 car parking spaces and 50 cycle storage spaces in garages, in rear garden sheds or bike stores for the apartments.

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East Anglian Daily Times: Much of the Farmlands estate was built in the 1980sMuch of the Farmlands estate was built in the 1980s (Image: Richard Cornwell)The design for the site ensures that there will be open space in the northwest corner, which is also intended as a buffer to safeguard the setting of the Grade II-listed building, Mill Farm.

The farmhouse in Thurmans Lane is reputed to have the largest surviving Tudor cellar in Suffolk.

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Other benefits are said to be short-to-medium term creation of jobs in the construction industry; and longer-term benefits to facilities/services in Trimley St Mary from spending by new residents living in the homes.

There will also be contributions to improve play space, footways and local bus stops.

Matthew Homes says the project is due to be completed by July 2026.

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