Local Plan Consultation - Development in the Village
This plan affects your village. In particular major new allocations of land for development are proposed: SCLP12.62 ‘Land adjacent to Reeve Lodge’, a mixed use site for housing and a new school, and SCLP12.30 ‘ Land at Innocence Farm’ which is put forward for port related use. These proposed allocations are in addition to those already included within the Felixstowe Area Action Plan which allocated land for up to 360 houses at Howlett Way.
You can see the draft Plan on the Suffolk Coastal District Council website Draft Local Plan
The deadline for comment on the first draft has now passed. The next stages in the process which will be followed by Suffolk Coastal District Council are as follows:
Network Rail - Felixstowe Branch Line
As you know, Network Rail are working on an embankment widening project in preparation for the creation of a new 1.4km loop track designed to increase the capacity of the Felixstowe Branch Line. This will involve weekend working which will inevitably create some disruption. The most recent information detailing their weekend working plans for October and November can be found via the following link:weekend working
The works have involved the removal of a number of trees. Volker Fitzpatrick have confirmed that replanting will take place when the other works in the vicinity have been completed. The key element of the works in this area is the installation of the new bridge deck which they hope to undertake at around the turn of the year ( this date is not yet a certainty). If things go according to plan they say that it would allow for replanting to be undertaken by May 2019.
Sadly, following the public enquiry, the Secretary of State for Transport has now approved the proposal to permanently close six level crossings along the Branch Line within the Trimley area: Thorpe Common, Grimston Lane, Trimley, St Martin’s, Gun Lane and Keeper’s Lane.
A bridleway bridge will be constructed at the location of the existing Gun Lane and St Martin’s level crossings and, of course, the existing road crossing at Thorpe Lane will remain. The route of several public rights of way will be diverted to take account of the closures.
The Inspector's report can be seen here
The Parish Council worked extremely hard on this to represent the interests of the village and there is considerable disappointment at the outcome. If you would like to find out more about the arguments advanced by the Parish Council at the Public Enquiry you can find a full copy of our Statement of Case here
The Trimley Estate is promoting up to 360 new homes, an early years centre and open space on land to the south of Howlett Way, Trimley St Martin. This land was earmarked for development in the Felixstowe Area Action Plan . The proposals, which would be built out over a 3 - 5 year period, include open space as well as a new Early Years Centre for nursery education.
For a reminder of what was included in the Felixstowe Peninsula Area Action Plan in relation to Howlett Way, please take a look at the background note which you can read here . When the Trimley Estate make an application for outline planning permission the District Council will invite local people to comment. Information about that process and the best way to make your views known can also be found in the background note
A letter of apology from the Chairman of Trimley St Martin Parish Council, dated 11th June 2018, has been sent to Mr Ian Cowan (Trimley St Martin Parish Councillor 2006 to 2015) the body of which can be accessed via this link: Apology
The Village Recorder's Blog
The Village Recorder's Blog is a new item on this site. Click here to learn more about the role of the Recorder and read her blog.
Innocence Farm appears in the Suffolk Coastal District Council draft local plan as a site for port related purposes. The draft pan was published on 20 July 2018 and residents had until 14 September 2018 to comment on it. The Planning Committee of the Parish Council discussed their response to the draft plan at a meeting on 13 August. You can follow the link to see the response sent to Suffolk Coastal District Council. The Parish Council will continue to work with the parish councils of Bucklesham, Kirton and Falkenham, Levington and Stratton Hall and Trimley St Mary to pool their knowledge and research.
At the beginning of 2017 the Parish Council was invited to comment on a request from the landowner for a scoping opinion in relation to the potential use of the Innocence Farm site for port related activities. A copy of the Parish Council's response can be found via the following link.