Felixstowe: Revised plans expected for railway land superstore

The site proposed for a new superstore at Felixstowe - land from the Garrison Lane railway bridge, b

The site proposed for a new superstore at Felixstowe - land from the Garrison Lane railway bridge, behind homes in High Road West and leading down to the town's station. - Credit: Archant

DEVELOPERS wanting to build a superstore in Felixstowe town centre are preparing to submit new proposals to overcome objections.

District councillors are being recommended on Wednesday to agree to visit the brownfield site, old railway sidings and nursery land, off Railway Approach.

So far around 100 letters of objection have been lodged with the main concerns being traffic, access for delivery vehicles, noise and disturbance, overdevelopment of the site and its impact on adjoining homes, and worries over the effect on the town centre.

Felixstowe Town Council has also recommended refusal.

Albourne Property plc has submitted plans for a 30,000 sq ft supermarket plus transport interchange, and a 300-space car park.

In a report to Suffolk Coastal’s south area development control sub committee, head of planning Philip Ridley said the application was “generating significant local concern”.

He said: “Since the receipt and consideration of all the representations received, discussions have been had with the applicants and amended plans are expected which seek to deal with the issues raised, in particular with emphasis on re-designing the service area and its access/egress and the building itself so as to reduce the bulk and scale in relation to the properties on High Road West.

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“These amendments will, once received, will be subject to re-consultation, the outcome of which will be detailed in a forthcoming committee report.”

The site visit would enable councillors to understand the surroundings for when they make a decision in a few months’ time.

He added: “It is also useful to understand the improvements that the scheme would bring to the railway interchange and pedestrian permeability to the town centre from Garrison Lane which have been long-term aspirations of the district council.”