Felixstowe: Affordable homes boost as go-ahead set for estate on farmland

The proposed layout of the homes which could be built on the south side of Walton High Street at Fel

The proposed layout of the homes which could be built on the south side of Walton High Street at Felixstowe. - Credit: Archant

Community leaders are being recommended to give the go-ahead to a new housing estate of 190 properties – with one-third of them to be affordable homes.

The scheme has been put forward by Trinity College, Cambridge, for a 16-acre field off Walton High Street, Felixstowe, next to the new £19.5million Felixstowe Academy, between the railway line, A14 and the rear of historic Walton Hall.

Although it will provide only 12 homes to the acre – far less than expected by planners today – it will include play areas and considerable landscaping buffers to protect residents from noise from the dual carriageway.

A report to Suffolk Coastal’s south area development management committee – which meets on October 10 to decide the project – says one-in-three of the properties will be social housing.

The affordable homes would comprise one-bed flats and two-, three -and four-bed houses, and the rest would be two-bed flats and two, three-, four- and five-bed houses.

The land is grade two farmland, the best and most versatile.

Case officer Liz Beighton said: “The council is required to maintain a five-year land supply plus a buffer of 5%.

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“At present the council is under-delivering on housing growth having a 2.6-year land supply.

“Evidence coming forward from appeals and ministerial statements is clear that if councils do not have evidence of deliverability and maintaining a five-year supply, then the presumption should be in favour of development unless there are clear reasons why this should not take place.”

Nearly 1,800 new homes need to be provided in Felixstowe and the Trimleys in the next 14 years, most of them on greenfield sites.

Planners will ask Trinity College to pay £97,456 towards pre-school provision and £22,000 for bus shelters, but say the county council’s request of £84,000 towards Felixstowe Library is not justified.