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Felixstowe residents invited to help shape new garden neighbourhood in north of the town





Felixstowe residents have been invited to help shape the development of a new leisure-led garden neighbourhood in the north of the town.

A new panel will enable the views and needs of local people to be considered in the development of the project, with East Suffolk Council (ESC) leading the master-planning process for the new neighbourhood.

The long-term project, known as the North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood, is estimated to be completed within 20 to 30 years.

Felixstowe residents have been invited to help shape the development of the North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood. Picture: East Suffolk Council
Felixstowe residents have been invited to help shape the development of the North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood. Picture: East Suffolk Council

The project aims to create a connected, sustainable and healthy environment with the correct infrastructure for the whole town.

About 143 hectares of land to the north of Felixstowe and Trimley St Mary were identified in the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan 2020 as being suitable for a garden neighbourhood comprising green infrastructure, community facilities and employment land alongside residential development.

ESC aims to develop an outline planning application for the site which will be submitted at the end of 2024 or early in 2025.

Over the next 12 months, a range of events, workshops and ways to comment will be developed to ensure the local community is kept up to date with the project and that local needs are being considered.

An important element of the plan is the formation of a Citizens’ Panel, a demographically representative group of local people brought together to learn about the project and provide their thoughts about the project.

Cllr Toby Hammond, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for economic development and transport, said: “This is the beginning of a thorough programme of public engagement where we will be providing residents and businesses with many opportunities to give their views on the scheme and to help ensure the new development provides the appropriate infrastructure needed by local communities.

“I would urge people to register their interest in joining the Citizens’ Panel and also to come along to our first event on February 3, to find out more about what is being proposed.”

The panel will explore issues around climate change, community facilities, affordable housing, energy and local employment. Participants will be paid in kind for their involvement in the panel.

To express interest in joining the Citizens’ Panel, go to www.northfelixstowe.co.uk or complete a form available at Felixstowe Town Hall.

Residents are also invited to attend the first engagement event at The Orwell Hotel on Saturday, February 3, (10am to 3pm), with presentations from 11.30am.