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Chance to air your views over huge Trimley and Kirton development plans

PUBLISHED: 12:55 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 29 October 2018

Land on the border of Kirton and Trimley St Martin has been earmarked for a 300-acre business park Picture: JERRY TURNER/ARCHANT

Land on the border of Kirton and Trimley St Martin has been earmarked for a 300-acre business park Picture: JERRY TURNER/ARCHANT

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Campaigners are holding a public meeting tonight to step up their fight against proposals for new housing in Trimley St Martin and a huge business park on the village’s border with Kirton.

The Kirton and Trimley Land Grab (KTLG) community action group now have a legal team on board to try to stop the proposals for a 300-acre 24-hour port related project.

Suffolk Coastal District Council has proposed the business park in its new draft local plan for farmland on land between Innocence Lane and the A14, behind homes opposite Trimley St Martin Primary School.

KTLG also has strong concerns about plans for 360 new homes on the site of the old poultry farm off Howlett Way and High Road.

Permissions for significant new housing in Trimley St Martin has already been agreed.

KTLG is holding today’s (October 29) public meeting at 7.30pm at Felixstowe Trades and Labour Club, High Road, Walton, Felixstowe.

The Innocence Lane proposals have been on the agenda for the past 10 years, gradually moving closer to the top.

As with many of the major projects of landowner Trinity College, Cambridge, ideas can take a long time to plan and mature.

Council officials say the Innocence Lane site is needed to ensure the future viability of the Port of Felixstowe.

But villagers in Trimley St Martin and Kirton say it will “wipe out” the character of the two Domesday Book communities.

The development – the size of 200 football pitches – will include warehousing, haulage yards, lorry parking and logistics centres, along with cafes and truck stop facilities.

It’s far more land than the port needs and residents say it is unsuitable, too close to homes and a school, and there are other sites which could accommodate the project.

Campaigners say the increase in traffic would be “colossal”, along with air, noise and light pollution, and say Suffolk Coastal council has not taken into account the impact on residents.

Analysis suggests 3,200 container lorries and 600 cars would visit daily, while long-term plans would include and underpass rail link to the new dual Ipswich-Felixstowe rail line on other side of the A14.

A council-commissioned study shows the land owned by Trinity College, Cambridge, is much bigger than the port needs – but feels it is the best option, especially as several other potential sites are too far along the A14 corridor to appeal to businesses.

The port’s main competitors already have large on-site logistics parks, which are essential to the success of the way ports now work.

The port already has plans for a huge logistics centre within its own boundaries and for further expansion at Christmasyard Wood in Trimley, and the council admit that the Innocence Lane site would be “well in excess” of land needed for the whole of the district. In addition 100 acres of development land called Gateway 14 has recently been announced alongside the A14 near Stowmarket which would support the port. Despite this the council believes the land at Kirton and Trimley St Martin should be developed.

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