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Brooke Peninsular

PUBLISHED: 13:44 25 March 2008 | UPDATED: 19:59 05 July 2010

MR Wylson's (March 7) raised concerns about possible job losses as a consequence of potential developments around Lake Lothing.

Far from threatening existing jobs, the regeneration plans for Lowestoft, including the Brooke Peninsula development, are about creating new jobs as well as protecting existing ones.

MR Wylson's (March 7) raised concerns about possible job losses as a consequence of potential developments around Lake Lothing.

Far from threatening existing jobs, the regeneration plans for Lowestoft, including the Brooke Peninsula development, are about creating new jobs as well as protecting existing ones.

The Brooke Peninsula proposal is a mixed use development, which in addition to housing, also includes significant new commercial and industrial space to accommodate existing and new businesses.

Mr Wylson's main concern is that any additional bridges are a threat to existing maritime businesses.

1st East believes that a third crossing is required to achieve the full regeneration potential of Lowestoft and there is strong public support for this.

However, it has to be recognised that there are competing interests to be considered and 1st East has a role in ensuring that legitimate concerns of the port users are taken into consideration by developers who are bringing much needed new investment to the town.

This specific issue raised by Mr Wylson have been listened to by the developers, CKS Developments, who have provided assurances that the pedestrian bridge they are proposing will be either lifting or swinging to avoid any conflict with marine uses and the operations of the harbour. The development includes proposals to improve facilities for maritime business already on the site that require quayside access and it also incorporates a marina to the west of the pedestrian crossing, so in fact they have every incentive to ensure that maritime traffic is not impeded.

Additionally, Mr Wyslon asserts that housing and port activity are mutually exclusive, whatever design and noise reduction measures are put in place.

1st East does not believe that you simply have to choose between jobs or housing. The regeneration plans set out to encourage appropriate development that takes into account the needs of existing industry whilst providing practical solutions to noise, access and disturbance issues.

There are many examples in the UK and around the world where maritime and industrial activity sit successfully side by side with residential and leisure developments - in fact, doesn't that already exist here in Lowestoft?

PHILIP WATKINS

Chief executive

1st East

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