Felixstowe: New designs aim to overcome superstore objections

The old railways sidings site where Albourne Properties propose to build a new superstore for Felixs

The old railways sidings site where Albourne Properties propose to build a new superstore for Felixstowe - looking from the Garrison Lane bridge back towards the town centre. - Credit: Archant

DEVELOPERS wanting to build a superstore at Felixstowe’s railway station have submitted fresh designs – to overcome objections raised about the project.

Albourne Property’s proposals were rejected by town councillors not because of concern over the potential impact on town centre businesses, but because of the effect on people living alongside it.

Councillors were told the 30,000sq ft superstore would be two metres higher than the two-storey houses and only 1.5m from back garden fences in High Road West.

There were also concerns about danger from changes to the Garrison Lane traffic lights junction, and night-time noise from deliveries.

Now the company has resubmitted its proposals for the brownfield site, old railway sidings and nursery land, off Railway Approach.

Changes include moving the building four metres away from homes, reducing its height and lowering the level of the land by two metres, so the store will be 2.6m lower overall.

The service area has also been changed and all access for delivery vehicles will now be via Garrison Lane to improve safety.

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The town council is to re-consider the application at a special meeting of its plans committee on Monday, April 15 at 9.30am at Walton Community Hall, High Street.

A spokeswoman said the bigger venue had been chosen because of the anticipated public interest.

She said: “The normal plans committee protocol will apply, with the meeting open to members of the public, with no right of speech.”

The council would make a recommendation to Suffolk Coastal.