We are a group of local residents, living in or around Ferry Road, Gulpher Road & Marsh Lane in Old Felixstowe. Until recently, this was a pretty, quiet and rural setting. It is directly adjacent to an AONB (The river Deben estuary). East Suffolk Council (ESC) have recently updated the local area plan such that prospective property developers are now being invited to submit planning applications for housing development on the fields bounded by these lanes.
We understand the need for more housing, and do accept that some housing development is necessary in and around Felixstowe.
However, we think that the scale and density of the proposed developments is totally inappropriate for this actual area. The scale and density is being driven by the council (ESC) planning department, not by the developers.
The first of these housing developments – Laureate Fields – is now nearing completion. The council mandated that it must provide 198 dwellings (on a 11 acre field). This has resulted in a development that has several tall blocks of flats and houses with no gardens. This might be appropriate for a city centre, but not for a rural location adjacent to an AONB.
The same developer is currently preparing a planning application for the next development. This will be on a green field site directly adjacent to Laureate Fields, to th enorth of Conway Close. Again the council is mandating a similar high density – 150 dwellings on 10 acres. We are currently challenging this.
ESC planners currently seem to be fully determined to completely destroy the current peaceful rural nature of this area. This is not an exaggeration.
We need your support to help make the ESC planners more responsive to local residents. You can help us in two ways;
- Sign up to our mailing list – this is completely free – and you will receive regular updates on our activities via email
- Become a full member of our association. This costs just £10 per annum. This goes into our “fighting fund” which goes towards publicity and other running costs. This allows you to attend association meetings and gives voting rights.
We are organised as a legally compliant “unincorporated association”, with a written constitution, elected management committee, regular meetings for members (including an AGM) and published accounts.