Homes sites likely to generate protest


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Sites for more than 1,000 new homes on the Felixstowe peninsula have at last been revealed – with farmers’ fields set to disappear to make way for the growth of the resort.

By 2027, the town and its surrounding villages have to provide 1,810 new homes but around 800 have already received permission in the past few years.

Now sites for the remainder have been identified – sending a message to developers about where applications will be welcomed and where others will be given short shrift.

There are few surprises in the land earmarked for major development, but it will not stop objections when public consultation begins later this month.

The Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan – which covers Felixstowe, Walton, the Trimleys, Kirton, Falkenham and Bucklesham – earmarks:

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Walton Green North (former site proposed for Tesco superstore), Walton High Street – 400 homes minimum;

Land north of Conway Close, off Gulpher and Ferry Roads, Felixstowe – 150 minimum;

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Old Poultry Farm, Howlett Way, Trimley – 360-plus;

Land next to Trimley Sports and Social Club, High Road, Trimley St Martin – 70 minimum;

Felixstowe Sunday Market site – 40 homes in a mixed use development;

Thurmans Lane/The Josselyns, Trimley St Mary – 100 homes;

Bucklesham Road, Kirton – 15 homes.

Suffolk Coastal District Council expects to hold a six-week consultation on the preferred options from October 19 to November 30 when the public will be able to give views on the sites chosen by the working group of town and district councillors liaising with stakeholders.

Tony Fryatt, cabinet member for planning, said: “The preferred options document contains a vision and set of objectives for the Felixstowe Peninsula which outline how the communities will look in 2027 and how this will be achieved through new residential allocations, increased economic opportunities, a thriving seaside resort, retail opportunities and protection of the unique environment.”

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