A public launch event is set to be held in February for a masterplan for a 2,000-home garden suburb set to be built on the edge of an east Suffolk town.

The event at the Orwell Hotel in Felixstowe will provide an update on progress on the plans for the 350-acre North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood (NFGN) to be created on land stretching from the A14 Dock Spur roundabout to Eastward Ho.

As well as 2,000 homes, the ‘garden neighbourhood’ will include a new £20million sports complex, community hub and 630-place primary school off Candlet and Gulpher Roads.

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The land – mostly farmland but including an equestrian area, businesses and former golf driving range – is currently in several ownerships.

The first phase of the project has involved the building of 560 homes at Trelawny Place off the Walton bypass Candlet Road in Felixstowe.

Development is ongoing at the site, which lies in open countryside close to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the rear of the Abbey Grove and Grove woodlands and Gulpher Road.

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In March 2021, the then leader of East Suffolk Council, Steve Gallant, said a masterplan would form part of the planning process going forward and discussions were taking place with landowners to understand their views and ideas for the future of their land.

He said: "Once those decisions have been made by the landowners then you will be in a position to produce a masterplan and that masterplan will take into consideration what each individual landowner's ambitions are and that can then be put together, presented and go out to a consultation."

Along with 1,600 other new homes being built, it will mean a 30% increase in the resort’s population.

The public launch event, held by East Suffolk Council, will be taking place on Saturday, February 3 between 10am and 3pm, with a presentation at 11.30am.

Information will be available on health and education provision, conservation, ecology and landscape, sustainability, transport, leisure and the master planning process.