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About the project

The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan 2020 identified approximately 143ha of land for a Garden Neighbourhood to the north of Felixstowe and Trimley St Mary, for a comprehensive leisure led development comprising green infrastructure, community facilities and employment land alongside residential development.

East Suffolk Council is now leading the master-planning process aiming to develop an outline planning application for the site for submission at the end of 2024/early 2025. In terms of North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood being realised, this is a 20-to-30-year project.

Why a masterplan approach?

  • Provides a guide for future sustainable growth and development
  • Makes the connection between landscapes, buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments
  • Enables benefits of co-ordinated development

Key elements of the masterplan

  • Leisure-led and early delivery of a new leisure centre is a priority
  • Primary school and Early Years provision
  • Protection of the Grove Woodland and provision of accessible natural green space
  • Enhancement of existing landscape for public use as well as Biodiversity Net Gain
  • Community Hub comprising a variety of services and facilities in accessible locations
  • Health provision and medical facilities requirements catered for
  • Open space for recreation through retained space, re-provision, enhancement or new provision
  • Sustain, and enhance the significance of heritage assets
  • Integration of the new Garden Neighbourhood with the existing community of Felixstowe and surrounding countryside
  • A network of pedestrian, cycling and vehicular routes whilst protecting and enhancing local Quiet Lanes
  • Design and layout that supports inclusive use
  • Employment land for non-port related small business units
  • Housing for later life
  • Up to 2,000 dwellings, providing a mix of housing types, sizes and tenures

These elements will be brought forward through Landowner collaboration and community engagement.

Founding principles

Protecting the environment

Nature is protected, enhanced and accessible to people.


Creating communities that are socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable with a focus on equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Strong local vision

A development that creates an exemplar place and a thriving new community that works with and for the wider Felixstowe town.

The design team

LDA Design

Master-planning, Landscape Design, EIA Scoping Town Planning & Coordination of the design team.

LDA Design is excited to be part of the North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood Project and looking forward to bringing our multi-disciplinary design expertise. We take a holistic approach to create ambitious, sociable, equitable and more sustainable places.


Transportation & Highways

Adding value to development planning through integrating transport planning, engineering and placemaking is at the core of PJA’s role on North Felixstowe. A key focus of our work is quantifying the potential transport demand associated with North Felixstowe and collaborating with others on developing sustainable transport solutions to integrate the site seamlessly into the existing transport environment.


Drainage & Flood Risk

SLR will be helping the project achieve its sustainability goals in relation to water and flood risk. A key part of this will be thinking about how we integrate drainage features into the scheme in a way that both reflects and enhances the landscape.

Expedition Engineering

Energy & Sustainability Consultant

Expedition will be working in collaboration with key stakeholders to set the sustainability vision and principles for North Felixstowe to drive environmentally and socially sustainable outcomes. A key focus of our work will be in developing energy and utilities strategies that support a transition to net zero.

Fenn Wright

Viability, Feasibility & Cost Consultancy

Fenn Wright is the region’s leading independently owned partnership of Chartered Surveyors, commercial property experts and estate agents. We have been actively involved in the delivery of several high profile schemes in East Anglia, and our focus will be providing viability, feasibility and market intelligence to support the design team in delivering the best possible scheme for the site.