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Local plan ‘have your say’ session in Felixstowe today

PUBLISHED: 13:13 04 February 2019

People in Felixstowe can see the local plan proposals at Felixstowe Town Hall from 3pm to 7pm today Picture: GREGG BROWN

People in Felixstowe can see the local plan proposals at Felixstowe Town Hall from 3pm to 7pm today Picture: GREGG BROWN

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There’s a chance to find out more about plans for 2,000-plus new homes and a massive industrial park in the Felixstrowe area today, Monday, February 4, at a special drop-in session.

Suffolk Coastal is holding the event as part of the consultation on the Final Draft Local Plan.

It takes place in the council chamber at Felixstowe Town Hall, Undercliff Road West, from 3pm to 7pm.

Experts from the council’s planning department will be on hand to explain the proposals, answer questions, and talk people through the different way of responding to the documents and having your say.

Tony Fryatt, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member with responsibility for planning, said: “This Local Plan is an important and ambitious document, which provides a framework for how we see this district developing over the next two decades.

“As can be seen from the level of vocal interest displayed at our Full Council meeting, the draft plan will impact on the lives of local people. We believe we have created a plan which encourages a dynamic, growing economy, with developments that bring in much-needed homes and are supported by the correct infrastructure, while protecting our unique local environment.

“As a council, we have always said we welcome the right development in the right areas. This plan is an important step towards us being able to effectively avoid unwanted developments that would harm our communities or environment.

“Without the Local Plan, we would find it very difficult to reject speculative developments. We could end up with a development free for all in Suffolk Coastal that could harm all of our communities.

“There has already been extensive consultation with local stakeholders and the public to get the plan to this stage. These comments have shaped the current draft plan. I would encourage people to study this important document in its entirety and have their say, before it goes forward to be considered by the independent Planning Inspector.”

The plan, which has been two years in the making, identifies sites to build 10,476 homes across the district by 2036, as well as proposals for 6,500 new jobs.

Around 2,000 of the homes will be built in a garden neighbourhood on the northern edge of Felixstowe – which would stretch from Old Felixstowe to the Dock Spur roundabout – and will be on top of 1,700 homes already agreed under the previous version of the Local Plan.

Another major project is the setting aside of 300 acres between the A14 and Innocence Farm, between Trimley St Martin and Kirton, for a port-related business park to support the continued economic success of the Port of Felixstowe.

The six-week consultation runs until Monday, February 25. Copies of the Final Draft Local Plan are available at local libraries across the district.

Following this, the draft Local Plan, along with the comments made during this consultation, will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and an Examination will be conducted by an independent Planning Inspector to determine whether the plan can be adopted.

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