Suffolk Coastal District Council has unveiled an ambitious plan to build thousands of new homes across East Suffolk over the next two decades. The council’s Local Plan includes provision for the construction of 10,900 new homes in the area over a period of 18 years – representing a considerable increase from an original projection of 7,900 new homes.
The council’s plan aims to deliver new home development that will “stimulate and support the local economy and provide attractive and affordable homes for current and future generations” while balancing the need to preserve and enhance the local environment. It is projected that the plan will also create over 7,000 new jobs in the local area.
The plan projects a housing requirement of 545 new homes per year from 2016 to 2036. It’s important to note that the overall plan includes projects already in development; of the 10,900 total new homes, over 8,000 are either already built, under construction, permitted or allocated.
The new homes still to be allocated expand upon hundreds of homes in developments that have already been granted permission in the area since 2016, including hundreds in the Felixstowe area, as well as at Leiston, Framlingham and Saxmundham. Of the new housing allocation, Felixstowe will be allocated an additional 1,670 homes, Saxmundham 800, and 50 each in Framlingham and Leiston. The plan also allocates 515 new homes for rural settlements in the area, and 345 to other communities along the A12.
Tony Fryatt, a cabinet member for planning, said: “This is an ambitious document, which lays out how we see the district developing in the future, so it is important that local people take this opportunity to have their say on the first draft plan before the proposals go any further. As a council, we see this Local Plan providing the framework to deliver continued economic growth and much-needed new homes, as well as the infrastructure to support them, targeting young people but also taking into account our ageing population.”
At the moment, the Local Plan is at first draft stage, and a consultation period will take into account the views and opinions of the local community and other stakeholders. The eight-week public consultation will last until September 14, with drop-in sessions throughout the area where residents can find out more about the plan.
Drop-in sessions will be held from 4 pm to 7.30pm at the following venues and dates: Felixstowe Town Hall on 2 August, East Suffolk House, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s HQ on 6 August; Wenhaston Village Hall on 8 August; Rushmere St Andrew Village Hall on 16 August; and Yoxford Village Hall on 23 August.