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: 29/09/2016 – 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 their plans by returning their feedback form, completing the electronic form on their website (www.ferryroadfelixstowe.co.uk) and emailing email@example.com or call their Freephone information line on 0800 148 8911
Felixstowe Town Council is a statutory consultee on this planning application and will be considering the application at a meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee to be held on Wednesday 5th October at 9.15am The venue is the Old Felixstowe Community Centre. The Town Clerk confirms that members of the public are welcome to attend. A public session of 30 minutes is scheduled. If you wish to speak during the 30 minutes you are advised to notify the Town Clerk in advance by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Please see below a copy of the recent SCDC letter sent to owner/occupiers:
- VERY IMPORTANT:
- Give your full name and address and email address
- Date the form
- Identify the site (land west of Ferry Road, Felixstowe)
- Indicate clearly whether you are supporting or opposing the application
- State your 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.
- THE APPEARANCE, LAYOUT AND DESIGN: The size and scale of the proposed site is out of character with the existing landscape. The proposed flats and houses look ugly and will not blend with the existing architecture nor overall green scene. The proposed site will not blend well with the green natural beauty of the adjacent Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB).
- MEANS OF ACCESS: Ferry Road can be an awkward road to negotiate. The road is narrow and also consists of sharp and blind bends. It is a road which is constantly used by agricultural and heavy goods vehicles as well as by local residents. The proposed access to and from the site will therefore prove difficult and hazardous for new residents as well as create road safety issues for the previously mentioned road users.
- LANDSCAPING: No amount of artificial landscaping will make the proposed site blend with the surrounding beauty of the natural environment.
- AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY (West and North of the site) 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 not sustainable. It is approximately 1.5 miles from the town centre and railway station and a 20 minute 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, Church Road and Gulpher Road.
- ROAD SAFETY ISSUES: The increase in traffic, especially in Ferry Road, may create serious road traffic safety issues. In addition, schools in close proximity 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 plan includes a pumping station but, to date, no information has been released as to where the sewage will be pumped to. Residents living in the south of Ferry Road, lower west of Ferry Road and Estuary Drive have already experienced severe issues concerning drainage and extra sewage will potentially cause further sanitation issues for local residents.
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
Nick Barber (East Ward Town Councillor and County Councillor): email@example.com
Graham Newman (County Councillor): firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact MP Therese Coffey: email@example.com. Phone 0207 2197164
Also email: AONB Manager (Simon Amstutz) firstname.lastname@example.org