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Deadline day for commenting on the future of Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 09:21 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 14 September 2018

Hot weather in Felixstowe bring out thousands of beach goers. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Hot weather in Felixstowe bring out thousands of beach goers. Picture: GREGG BROWN

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Everyone has until 5pm today – Friday, September 14 – to give their views on the revised Local Plan first draft.

The proposals for Felixstowe are wide ranging, covering many topics, from highways to the economy, leisure to education, tourism to retail and more.

The biggest talking point has been the concept of a 2,000-home Garden Neighbourhood on the northern edge of the town – stretching from Ferry Road, Old Felixstowe, to the A14 dock spur roundabout.

A masterplan would be drawn up by the council, landowners and other stakeholders to provide:

2,000 homes, including a mix of different sizes and affordable homes;

a new state-of-the-art leisure destination to replace Brackenbury, Felixstowe Leisure Centre and Eastward Ho;

new primary school with early years provision;

open space;

community hub, which could include convenience store, shops, medical facilities and meeting place;

at least two new access points off Candlet Road;

retirement homes including a care home and sheltered complex;

and employment land.

Brackenbury Sports Centre’s site would then be used for around 80 homes, and the seafront leisure centre site would be redeveloped with a “landmark attraction”.

Other proposals include 150 new homes at the rear of Swallow Close and Conway Close to Gulpher Road.

On the A14 approach to Felixstowe, 300 acres of countryside would be taken for a port business park – including warehousing, haulage yards, lorry parking and logistics centres, along with cafes and truck stop facilities.

Redevelopment of Convalescent car park with a tourism project, and a link to the clifftops is another possibility.

Mayor of Felixstowe Graham Newman has assured residents this is the first draft and there will be future opportunities to respond as the plan develops.

Comments on the First Draft Local Plan can be submitted via:

The council’s online consultation portal or email to suffolkcoastallocalplan@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

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