All local councils are under pressure from central government to allocate more land for housing, and to approve planning applications for housing developments.
We understand this, but we believe that the proposals to build high-density housing estates in this particular quiet and beautiful area are both totally inappropriate and unnecessary.
Here is a brief history, for recent events, please see our blog page;
At a public exhibition in July 2012, 93% of local residents objected to the proposals for, one or more, of the following reasons:
- The housing development will be distant from health services, public transport, shops and high schools and therefore having a car will be essential. 198 new homes could produce 300+ more cars and 1000 more vehicle movements each day. Within five years our local roads will be expected to support 2000+ extra vehicle movements each day.
- Extra traffic will potentially create a safety risk for local residents and school children. Local residents and children going to and from school will need to negate an increase in higher levels of traffic.
- Construction vehicles will, over a prolonged period, also cause significant traffic issues.
- The cramming of homes on this development is totally out of keeping with the surrounding area. To put the scale into context, the South Seafront development (an area identified as a priority for regeneration) has twice the acreage and half the number of homes proposed for Ferry road.
- The existing sewerage system is inadequate, causing an unpleasant stench and sewage problems for some residents throughout Old Felixstowe.
- The area is used by dog walkers, joggers, ramblers, horse riders and cyclists for recreational purposes. It provides a necessary leisure alternative to the traditional seafront for residents and visitors to enjoy.
- The site borders an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, forming part of the buffer zone between the Deben Estuary and the urban landscape. As such, it offers a “green lung” to balance light and noise pollution from the Port.
In 2016 Generator Developments purchased the site and now propose to build 197 new homes ranging from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom homes, 33% of homes will be ‘affordable’. For more information about the proposals click here or visit their website: www.ferryroadfelixstowe.co.uk. You can let them know your feedback on their plans by returning their feedback form, completing the electronic form on their website (www.ferryroadfelixstowe.co.uk) and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call their Freephone information line on 0800 148 8911