The growth of jobs in Felixstowe and the Trimleys, driven by expansion of the Port, means that employment is now out of balance with the availability of housing in the local area.

As a result, more of the new jobs are being taken up by people who are not able to find a home in Felixstowe or the Trimleys, even if they would like one. This had led to an increase in commuting from other towns on a daily basis and less spending money being retained in the local economy, trends that Suffolk Coastal District Council does not wish to encourage.

The population in the area is increasing at the same time as average house-hold sizes are falling, further increasing the need for housing. The number and type of new homes provided in recent years has not matched this increase in demand.

To address these issues, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Felixstowe Area Action Plan (FAAP) has allocated land for a minimum of 1,760 new homes to be built in Felixstowe, Walton and the Trimleys by 2027. Land south of Howlett Way is one of a number of sites identified by the FAAP as being suitable for housing development in an assessment of potentially suitable sites.