Deadline looms for housing site views in towns and villages

Local residents attend the Suffolk Coastal District Council's drop-in session at Kirton to reveal pl

Local residents attend the Suffolk Coastal District Council's drop-in session at Kirton to reveal plans and sites for 7,900 new homes across the district. - Credit: Su Anderson

Residents, landowners, businesses and community organisations have less than a week left to comment on proposals for thousands of new homes across Suffolk Coastal.

The district council has published documents identifying the land which will be deemed acceptable for housing projects in the next 15 years – giving a clear indication to developers of where they might build.

Sites for 7,900 homes are needed in the district.

While 2,000 are expected to be built at Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, and 1,800--plus on the Felixstowe peninsula, 1,520 will go in market towns such as Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston and Woodbridge.

So far, 1,454 new homes have been built since 2010, 2,981 homes have been granted planning permission but remain unbuilt, leaving sites to be found for at least 3,465.

Eight drop-in sessions have been held to explain the plans, and the deadline for people to give their views is November 30.

Councillor Tony Fryatt, cabinet member for planning, said: “We are seeking the views of everybody including town and parish councils, residents associations, businesses, landowners, service providers and other stake holders before decisions are made.

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“I would urge all communities to consider what these proposals mean to them.

“It is imperative that we hear your views and that we listen to them.”

The council accepts comments in all formats but prefers responses via the online consultation software at: http://suffolkcoastal.jdi-consult.net/localplan/

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