The above photograph was taken from the proposed housing development site. Geographically this land is one of the highest points in Felixstowe.
This website gives some information on a recently proposed housing development and also looks at some of the issues concerning the site.
Updated: 10/08/2016 – This page has been updated to outline recent developments.
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.
Generator Developments have recently purchased the site and propose to build 198 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 the 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
Before any homes can be built a reserved matters planning application containing information about the detailed design and layout of the homes proposed must be submitted and approved by the Suffolk Coastal District Council.
- VERY IMPORTANT:
- Give your full name and address and email address
- Date the form
- Identify the site (land at Ferry Road, Felixstowe)
- Indicate clearly whether you are supporting or opposing the application
- State you interest in the proposed development (such as neighbour, resident, parent etc)
- Clearly and briefly comment on the current proposed scheme.
IN YOUR OWN WORDS YOU MAY WISH TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING POINTS:
- SIZE AND SCALE OF DEVELOPMENT: The large size and density of the proposed development of up to 198 homes is not in size and scale with pre-existing properties and is therefore incongruous to the local area.
- AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY: The site currently forms part of the buffer zone designed to protect the adjacent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). If built upon this may have an adverse effect on the protection of the AONB.
- WILDLIFE: The site is currently home to a variety of wildlife (such as owls, birds of prey, bats, hares, badgers). The development will disturb and endanger the natural habitat of such wildlife.
- VISUAL IMPACT: The site is on high ground and as such the housing development will be seen from the River Deben Valley (as far north as Ramsholt), causing adverse visual impact on a sensitive and protected area.
- LOCATION AND TRAFFIC DENSITY: The site is 1.5 miles from the town centre and railway station and a long walk to a bus stop. The main town employer, the port, is approximately 4.5 miles away. The only viable means of travel is by car. In this case, 198 homes may create an extra 1000 car movements per day on Ferry Road, Colneis Road and Gulpher Road.
- ROAD SAFETY ISSUES: The increase in traffic, especially in Ferry Road, may create serious road safety issues. In addition, schools local to the site (both Kingsfleet School (Ferry Road) and Colneis School) during their peak times may also encounter serious road traffic issues.
- FURTHER ROAD SAFETY ISSUES: During the actual build of the development heavy vehicles visiting and exiting the site will cause further road safety issues.
- RECREATIONAL AMENITY: The land and surrounding area is currently used for a number of outdoor activities (such as rambling, runners, cyclists, horse riders and dog walkers) and as such promotes health and well-being. Outdoor activities also create a sense of community.
- NOISE, AIR AND LIGHT POLLUTION: All three will occur during the build and thereafter.
- DRAINAGE AND SEWERS: The proposed development has no plan to improve the existing drainage system which already suffers from an overload.
Also, send letters to East Ward Councillors and let them know your views on this issue. By post to Felixstowe Town Councillors, Town Hall, Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, IP11 2AG:
Email: Doreen Savage: email@example.com
Steve Gallant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also email: AONB Manager (Simon Amstutz) email@example.com