Deben Site Plans Given Approval Despite Objections – When Will Planners Get Real?

Unsurprisingly, East Suffolk Council have given themselves permission to develop the former Deben School site on Garrison Lane to their own specifications – in spite of objections from the public and Felixstowe Town Council. ESC’s planning committee voted eight to one in favour of its own development for the space, which will see 45 apartments  and maisonettes created in addition to 16 houses. The former … Continue reading Deben Site Plans Given Approval Despite Objections – When Will Planners Get Real?

Developers vs Climate Change – Which Side Is Winning In Suffolk?

Weekend Word – EDITOR’S COMMENT  On the week when Persimmon Homes finally gained permission to start the first phase of what is ironically called the North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood, I watched David Attenborough’s new series ‘A Perfect Planet’ Having spent a lifetime making wildlife documentaries you would be forgiven for thinking Attenborough had nothing new to tell us. Yet this series shows more clearly than … Continue reading Developers vs Climate Change – Which Side Is Winning In Suffolk?

Deben High School Site – Plans Now Available For View And Comment

Having transferred ownership of the old Deben High School site from Suffolk County Council to East Suffolk Council, work is now underway to approve planning design of the proposed development . And although its unlikely to make much difference,  local people are being invited to have their say on the housing and leisure proposals for the  site. The Council have a statutory duty to allow … Continue reading Deben High School Site – Plans Now Available For View And Comment

Work to Begin On Deben High School Site – But Heritage Items Saved For Archive

Deben High School – formally the Felixstowe Grammar School which was established in the 1930’s and  more recently the home of Felixstowe International Collage after the High School moved to their new building in Walton , is about to be demolished, repurposed and transformed. East Suffolk Council recently exchanged contracts to take ownership of the site from Suffolk County Council, so any chance of this iconic … Continue reading Work to Begin On Deben High School Site – But Heritage Items Saved For Archive

Big Changes Coming for Cycling Routes In Felixstowe – Have Your Say Before It’s Too Late

Are you a cyclist fed up with weaving round parked cars in cycle lanes? Are you thinking of getting into cycling more but are concerned about road safely?  Or are you a car driver who feels cyclists already have too many rights? With covid changing many aspects of all our lives – transport and the way we all get about has come more sharply into … Continue reading Big Changes Coming for Cycling Routes In Felixstowe – Have Your Say Before It’s Too Late

Deben High School Site Sold for Leisure and Housing Development

After standing empty for some time Suffolk County Council have transferred the old Deben School Site to East Suffolk Council  – and they have big plans to redevelop the site for both sport and housing.  Deben High School closed and left the site in 2012, after merging with Orwell High School and the property was vacant for a year before Suffolk County Council leased the … Continue reading Deben High School Site Sold for Leisure and Housing Development

Suffolk Coastal Local Plan – Have Your Say

We may have had our worlds turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic – but local planning never sleeps. And in spite of the fact it is often felt the views of the public are routinely ignored – nevertheless the Council still have a legislative duty to submit proposed plans to the local public for their views. The Government are encouraging local authorities to continue … Continue reading Suffolk Coastal Local Plan – Have Your Say

Developers Exploit Covid-19 Lockdown to Push Forward Planning Proposals

While the rest of us are in lockdown – developers have been hard at work pushing forward proposals and seeking to finalise planning permission on a number of controversial developments on the Felixstowe peninsula. At a time when emergency measures have had to be brought in to discuss planning applications – public meetings are banned and it is very difficult for town and parish councils … Continue reading Developers Exploit Covid-19 Lockdown to Push Forward Planning Proposals

East Suffolk – Changes to Planning Services

As every day brings a new situation – the council is trying to respond as best it can. If you have an ongoing planning application this is the advice from East Suffolk at the moment: East Suffolk Council remains open and appropriately staffed to ensure that the statutory functions of the Planning and Building Control services can continue.  However, in light of Government advice regarding … Continue reading East Suffolk – Changes to Planning Services

Candlet Rd Development – Plans Revealed for Public Comment

In 2017 – much to the dismay of those who had been campaigning against it – outline planning permission was granted for a development of a new estate comprising 560 houses, shops a community centre and a Care Home abutting Candlet Rd. Now developers Persimmon Homes are asking for pre-application feedback on their proposals for the first phase of a residential development, comprising 262 houses. … Continue reading Candlet Rd Development – Plans Revealed for Public Comment