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CEG, a land promotion and property company specialising in the promotion of large scale development opportunities throughout the UK, is negotiating with BT to purchase the site. Read article in EADT
See EADT coverage here.
Read the article in the East Anglian here.
BBC coverage here.
EADT Coverage here.
Interesting EADT article about Framlingham housing read here.
Coverage of our case plus Yoxford where SCDC are refusing permission for 26 homes. See here.
Fears voiced in Felixstowe and the Trimleys about Court Appeal. Read here in the Ipswich Star
August 8th 2014: Campaigners accused of hindering the planning system in east Suffolk by engaging in a long-running legal battle with the district council over housing have insisted they are not attempting to “sabotage” the authority. Read the full text in the EADT
Coverage of SCDC’s reaction here.
See BBC coverage here.
EADT update on Thursday in Court. See here.
No Adastral New Town (NANT) has launched a judicial review of SCDC’s Core Strategy/ Local Development Framework. The High Court he hearing is on January 16 and 17. Here is the EADT article.
Development plans including up to 2,000 homes near a research park in Suffolk, have been given the final go-ahead by the government’s planning inspector………
A CONTROVERSIAL planning blueprint that details how a district should grow over the next 20 years has now been formally handed to the Government for independent examination. Read the EADT article.
See EADT article here.
The No Adastral New Town (NANT) group has taken exception to the specific reference to BT’s Adastral Park, on the outskirts of Ipswich. Read more…
Protestors joined a handful of dissident councillors in making their feelings clear at a decisive meeting into future housing development in Suffolk Coastal. Read more..
A High Court judge has ordered that part of a controversial blueprint for 37,000 new homes in the Norwich area will have to go back out for consultation. Fingers crossed the same happens in Suffolk Coastal.
Read the article in the Norwich Evening News.
Campaign group urges housing chiefs to consider empty property numbers. See East Anglian article.
The East Anglian report on our pleas to get support from our MP. “A GROUP of campaigners, opposed to the development of a so-called ‘new town’ near Ipswich, have asked a Suffolk MP to show public support for their objections”. Read article.
See the article in the East Anglian regarding the Council Special meeting on December 15th 2011
Not the Adastral Park development unfortunately but the Bloor Homes one just up the road. See the EADT.
Martlesham: Village homes scheme scaled-‐down. Last year Bloor Homes submi4ed a scheme for 281 houses on 26 acres between the rear of homes in Main Road and Felixstowe Road, Martlesham. Now the company – following consultaHon . . . → Read More: EADT: Martlesham, Village homes scheme scaled-down
Our plight was covered in the Sunday Times (subscription only) on 21st August 2011 in an article by Kate Mansey. We had sympathetic coverage. NANT spokesperson Janet Elliot was quoted as saying
“The proposals appear to give a presumption in favour of the developer, which clearly makes our fight considerably harder. …These . . . → Read More: Sunday Times: Developers’ Bribes wreck beauty spots
Data for Suffolk Coastal District Council indicated that just 14% of the required homes were planned – a figure the council disputed, saying targets set by its housing needs survey had been met. See EADT article. A large shortfall in affordable new housing in England, Wales and Scotland has been revealed by figures obtained . . . → Read More: EADT & BBC articles on the need for Rural Homes
Planners have been accused of “jumping the gun” by voting through a core development strategy that will lead to thousands of homes being built in the Suffolk Coastal district over the next 16 years. Protesters pledged to seek a judicial review …….. See the full coverage.
PLANNERS have today given the go-ahead to controversial proposals to build thousands of extra homes across the Suffolk Coastal district. See full coverage…
The East Anglian’s coverage is here.
Ipswich campaigners tell planners ‘jobs not houses’. Campaigners say there is no proven need for the amount of new housing that is being proposed for Ipswich. The government’s Planning Inspectorate has held a public hearing about Ipswich Borough Council’s Local Development Framework (LDF).The council’s plan allows for 15,000 homes to be built by 2027, including . . . → Read More: BBC coverage of similar issues in Ipswich
East Anglian article on the rush to build without providing affordable homes.
The Council for the Clacton area has responded to a 2000 signature petition (ours was nearer 4,000) and agreed to re-think its Local Development Framework. Earlier on locals said about the houses: “They should be spread across the area.” and “Bockings Elm and Sladburys Lane should not be used as a dumping ground.” Here . . . → Read More: EADT:Tendring U-turn on housing plans
Here is the East Anglian’s account of the Council meeting held on July 8th. The Councillor for Yoxford said:- “Having raised the number, the decision to put them all in one place was never revisited. This is a doubly flawed decision which has come back to bite us and is still biting us.”
The . . . → Read More: EADT: Council back LDF despite Public Opposition
The East Anglian’s reporting of NANT’s ultimatum to SCDC is here.
Forest Heath District Council’s Core Strategy, which was similar to SCDC’s in having a large number of homes on a single developer’s site, has been rejected by the High Court as legally flawed. The BBC report tells more.
The East Anglian wrote up Suffolk Coastal’s job advert for a planner to manage the BT planning application. Janet Elliot speaking for NANT said the group felt it was “a little premature” for the council to be employing a dedicated officer at time when the Local Development Framework has been put on hold for . . . → Read More: EADT: Council to employ BT “new town” planner
NANT and BT went head to head on 24th November 2010 at the Woodbridge Society. They had both been invited to put their case before an audience of about 100 members. Both parties were given 20 minutes to explain their case. BT went first and as they took 37 minutes, the NANT presenters did not . . . → Read More: Report of Woodbridge Society meeting on Wednesday 24th November
EADT announcing the event that took place on Wednesday 24th November. A report will follow as soon as possible.
Similar concerns, on a smaller scale, for the Felixstowe area. See here.
EADT article about a bypass further up the A12 needed because of Sizewell and comments about how this might lead to the Northern bypass coming in at Martlesham.
Many of you will have received the latest Coastline newsletter from SCDC, and seen the front page article “Help us agree how many homes are needed ” which went on to announce yet another round of public consultation. Some members of the NANT committee observed the Cabinet meeting on 2 November where the Cabinet . . . → Read More: Suffolk Coastline Magazine – Issue 45 autumn/winter 2010
A new nuclear power station could be worth up to £700m to the Suffolk economy during construction and £40m a year when up and running. The construction period – which could last about six or seven years – is likely to employ between 4,500 and 5,000 people and when complete the power station would . . . → Read More: EADT – Sizewell: New N-plant’s £100m a year boost
BT profits surge 43% to £781m (half year). BT’s recovery under its chief executive Ian Livingston gathered speed today with half-year profits surging 43% to £781m after another round of cost-cutting. The shares hit an annual high of 168.5p, up 5.7%. Across BT as a whole more than 35,000 people have lost their jobs . . . → Read More: BT profits surge 43% – 35,000 people have lost their jobs
More coverage about the protest march. Worth scrolling to the end to read the interesting comments. Full article here:
Adastral Park Redevelopment Project: Greenfields under threat – Plans for new town could affect Deben Estuary in Suffolk.
Go to Guardian Campaign page.
The environmental Blog ” The Unsuitableblog” has noticed what’s going on here and added their own viewpoint. Read their article here.
Following on from the coverage given to our protest march on the 6th November comes a very supportive article in the EADT 15th November 2010 by Aidan Semmens.
Read the full article here.
Another beauty spot is treated to the attentions of BT. Locals have set up a Facebook campaign and there has been coverage from the East Anglian (BT are certainly keeping them busy with stories and, we hope, selling papers). The residents’ comments at the end of the article are well worth a browse.
Here . . . → Read More: BT plan Wind Farm next to homes in Clare, Suffolk
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Dear All – many thanks to everyone who attended the march on Saturday. Once again we had perfect weather, a great atmosphere and more than 300 people including many young people joined the protest. We even had some dogs marching with us whilst proudly carrying slogans on their jackets!!
The petition numbers were boosted by . . . → Read More: Update on November 6th protest march
New town protest 3.58PM Sat Nov 6 2010 – Hundreds of people have been marching through a Suffolk town in protest at plans for a new housing development. BT wants to build two thousand houses and blocks of flats next to Adastral Park at Martlesham. Members of the ‘No Adastral New Town group’ . . . → Read More: Anglia TV coverage of march
Good coverage from the East Anglian which included a quotation from the Councillor with responsibility for planning Andy Smith:
“To effectively protect our district’s future, we need to agree our own needs for new homes, in line with national policy, and we want to hear if people agree with our views,”
We hope . . . → Read More: EADT Coverage of Nov 6th march
Interesting quote about BT not upgrading Broadband in our area.
BT announced this week that more than 74,000 homes and businesses in East Anglia will have access to faster broadband by next spring. Customers will gain access to broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second – more than double the maximum speeds . . . → Read More: EADT – No net gains as BT snubs region
Note that the LDF process was specifically excluded from scrutiny exercise. The EADT reported that:-
Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee met at Ufford Park Hotel in Melton, near Woodbridge, yesterday.
Members are currently looking at how the authority’s planning service can be improved and heard from a number of . . . → Read More: EADT – SCDC Bosses defend planning services
This is an old East Anglian that did not go on the website at the time. There is an interesting remark by Mr. Ridley, SCDC’s Head of Planning:-
Head of planning services Philip Ridley said it was important a site visit took place because the scheme was of major significance for the council . . . → Read More: EADT June 2009 – Campaigners not welcome during visit
This article is relevant to the BT site given the large number of non European Economic Area people already working on site.
Sir. —Many of Suffolk’s residents will be wondering if Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) ever listens to the voice of the people. Your correspondent Anne Maddison’s informative letter about the ecology (EADT, October 1) exemplifies another aspect of the widely felt sense of dismay over the council-inspired proposal for major development on the BT . . . → Read More: Letter to EADT – Adastral housing decisions ..closely watched
It would be interesting to know just how much time, money and carbon emissions from travel have been expended in setting up all the wildlife and environmental protection zones declared by governments internationally, nationally and locally. However as one branch of an organisation is doing this very well worthwhile task other branches of . . . → Read More: Letter to EADT – BT site & the environment
A Worcestershire council’s claim that it is impossible to calculate a five-year supply of housing land following abolition of regional spatial strategies (RSSs) has been rejected by an inspector who decided that sufficient information is available. See here.
Coverage of the “No Adastral New Town” (NANT) protest March through Woodbridge on Saturday 18th September in the East Anglian Daily Times.
Does this sound familiar? BBC report here.
Link to BBC website article here.
The meeting heard there was a perception that many decisions were made behind closed doors between developers and planners and that residents’ views were a “mere inconvenience”…….Read the full article in the East Anglian Daily Times
This EADT article (click here to open it) is great publicity although we would question the comment regarding 2000 jobs being created. They are going to send a photographer for the start of the march on Saturday – so lets make sure we have a good turnout and get some cracking pictures for the . . . → Read More: EADT – Protest planned over 2,000 new homes
Campaign groups have written to Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk Councils seeking a review of the Joint Core Strategy for Greater Norwich. See Planning Daily.
Plans for 59,750 homes in the South West have been scrapped by councils in response to the government’s abolition of house building targets. See Planning Daily
Huge Housing Scheme will be Environmental Disaster
referring to Malcolm Crawford’s letter (EADT, August 28) there is surely a simple explanation for councillor Smith’s unsound reasoning over the highly dubious Local Development Framework.
It was drawn up in the days of the previous government as seemingly the most convenient way of conforming with . . . → Read More: Letter to EADT from Waldringfield resident – "Disastral Park!"
23rd August 2010
To The Editor, East Anglian Daily Times. 30, Lower Brook Street, lpswich. IP4 lAN
NO ADASTRAL NEW TOWN.
Edmund Orwell, writing ‘Times Past’ EADT 20th. April 1978 and having received some old postcards from Mr. F. H. Spurgeon formerly the baker and shop keeper at Waldringfield, came to the . . . → Read More: Letter to EADT from Waldringfield History Group
27 August – The secretary of state has turned down plans for an urban extension in Cornwall after deciding that draft regional spatial strategy (RSS) figures should not be given any weight. See here.
The secretary of state decided that no weight should be placed on regional housing figures in light of his decision . . . → Read More: Cornwall case – RSS figures should not be given any weight
Campaign groups have written to Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk Councils seeking a review of the Joint Core Strategy for Greater Norwich. More:
Reported in Property Week on August 6th 2,000-home Adastral Park is biggest victim yet of Con-Dem planning policy void. Plans for a huge mixed-use development near Ipswich have been plunged into uncertainty by the government’s planning reforms. BT’s Adastral Park project, which comprises 2,000 homes and 650,000 sq ft of offices, is the largest . . . → Read More: Planning chaos hits huge Ipswich scheme
Housing in villages is an issue. Suffolk Coastal aim to concentrate much the district’s new housing on the Adastral Park site. Read what the East Anglian has to say….Read More.
Background reading from the Guardian.
Social Housing Shortage
Housing Crisis in the rental market.
The East Anglian today (August14th) published an interview with the Chairman of Waldringfield Parish Council, Ian Kay. The article explains the issues that are facing us and the difficulties that Suffolk Coastal’s policies have caused. It is well worth a read and is currently available online if you do not have a paper copy. . . . → Read More: EADT article – District could lose say on development
Voice on Planning An informal association of local councillors and interest groups seeking to improve the planning service in Suffolk Coastal district.
‘Super Group’ Formed to Demand Improved Planning Service.
Building on an earlier meeting, representatives of concerned parish councils and citizens recently met in Rendlesham and . . . → Read More: Press release from Community Voice on Planning
“Dear Sir, a couple of weeks ago, the EADT published a letter from Michael Cole about the shocking and depressing experience of watching Suffolk Coastal District Council’s version of democracy in action – he was talking about a planning application on land next to his. I am aware that the Council’s Scrutiny Committee is reviewing . . . → Read More: Letter in EADT – “We need a complete re-think on new housing”
From Neil Winship of Waldringfield to the East Anglian Daily Times
Naturally BT wants the windfall capital gain that will come from getting planning permission for development of land it inherited via the RAF and GPO. It is also understandable that planners advise an Adastral New Town of 2,000 or maybe even 3,500 new . . . → Read More: Letter to the EADT from a Waldringfield resident
This article quotes Guy McGregor talking about what the County Council wants to do in terms of housing planning in the light of the new government’s policies. Basically he says the targets should be determined bottom-up, not top down and that they need to get feedback “from those on the ground” . He does however says that he . . . → Read More: EADT article – Bottom Up targets not Top Down
Many people will have received the Summer 2010 edition of the Council’s Newsletter (ironically the strapline on every page is “Where Quality of Life Counts” !). The article says that the Council has told planners and developers that the policies contained in the Core Strategy should now be used to assess most new planning applications.
Councillor Smith is . . . → Read More: Coastline Magazine – New Planning Policies
EADT coverage of coverage of NANT public meeting on 29 June
No Adastral New Town (NANT) is urging council chiefs to scrap plans to develop land around BT’s research laboratories and examine again the housing needs for the district….Read More
St Michael’s church was full on 29th June for the public meeting. There was unanimous support for continuing the fight against the plans for a new town. The new coalition Government has said it will scrap the top-down house building targets set by the Labour government and allow local communities to have much more say in what . . . → Read More: Public meeting on 29th June 2010 in St Michael's Church
BBC News 29th June 2010 – Government scraps EEDA BBC News May 2006 – New £74m business park proposed by EEDA Evening Star 18 June – BT Wind Farm at Clare Evening Star 13 April – Traffic Lights Evening Star 8 April – Bloor Homes BBC News 8 April 2010 Evening Star 17 . . . → Read More: Coverage up to 29th June 2010
26 January 2010 – see EADT Article from 10 Sept 2007 (linked from Press Coverage) and some observations about it on the At Stake page. It is coverage of BT’s original press announcement of their plans for the site.
EADT coverage of Suffolk Coast Council meeting;
DEFIANT residents packed a meeting to discuss plans to build 2,000 new homes on the edge of BT’s Adastral Park complex at Martlesham….Read More.
EADT article reporting on the first NANT meeting.
CAMPAIGNERS have launched a protest group to fight proposals for 2,000 homes on BT’s Adastral Park site at Martlesham Heath.
People living in Martlesham, Waldringfield and nearby villages fear the project will destroy the area, ruining its environment and creating massive congestion on the A12….Read More. . . . → Read More: Protest group launched to fight homes plan
EADT article about BT.
BT workers at Adastral Park will be “hit badly” by job cuts in a major blow to the Suffolk economy, a union boss has warned….Read More.