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Living your life in Lowestoft

As Lowestoft grows and becomes more economically vibrant, it needs places to live that reflect this and that requires a range of provision from affordable to more aspirational.  

The Waveney Local Plan 2014-2036 allocates significant housing growth for the town, with over 5,000 new dwellings, representing over half of the new housing allocation in East Suffolk. This will be achieved by working in partnership to support successful communities, regeneration, and economic development. The aim of the programme is to improve the quality, sustainability and range of future housing stock, futureproofing housing demand.

Kirkley Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood

Kirkley Waterfront Concept. Credit: Assael

Kirkley Waterfront is dominated by large-scale vacant sites, which have served little purpose for the last 10 years since the decline in timber manufacturing at the Jeld Wen site and the closure of the television factory site at the Sanyo site. The area has some existing businesses operating mainly at Brooke Peninsula, but the units are of varying age and quality with the majority in a dilapidated state and outdated.

Kirkley Waterfront will transform the site into a vibrant, inclusive community that is integrated with adjacent areas and provides access to homes and employment, in a high quality environment which maximises the opportunities presented by the waterfront location. The new sustainable neighbourhood will create new homes, a primary school, employment opportunities and improved access to water based leisure pursuits; all within walking distance of the wider town centre, seafront, and the Broads National Park.

In October 2023, East Suffolk Council were awarded £4.2m from HM Government’s Brownfield Release Fund to help transform brownfield land in Lowestoft into much needed future housing. The funding will help cover the cost of land remediation at the former Sanyo and Survitec manufacturing sites, including site clearance, demolition, removal of tanks and below ground services, removal of contamination, asbestos, hydrocarbons, and ground gas monitoring.

Led by: East Suffolk Council
Funding Secured: £4.2m

Milton Road East, Lowestoft

Milton Road East site

Formerly used by The Shaw Trust, Milton Road East is in an area of mixed use that includes residential and local businesses.

The existing building was demolished in July 2023, and will be replaced with 6 two-bedroom houses social rented homes managed by East Suffolk Council and allocated to eligible applicants on the housing register. The homes will include the use of air source heat pumps for heating and hot water and solar panels to generate electricity, with most houses provided with their own garden and car parking space.

A sustainable development, close to schools, good transport links including bus and railway, and Lowestoft High Street on the doorstep, offering direct access to local shops, cafes, and other community facilities.

Led by: East Suffolk Council
Funded by:
East Suffolk Council and Homes England