Many people have asked us about the new housing development happening on the beach next to the pier. Planning permission was gained some years ago for this beach development, but only started in 2018.
This photo, taken from the pier itself, shows the first three houses being built.
The developer recently completed flats on King Edward Drive facing the harbour (on the left of the photo), and their next stage is to build houses on the beach area.
The photo shows the roofline taking shape for the first three homes which are designated to have workshop space on the ground floor with two-storey homes above the workshops. The overall height of this block of three houses will be 10m (33 feet) tall. Their original plan had a curved roof but there was a minor amendment last year to have a pitched roof. These three houses face Shotley Pier.
Their next stage will be to build more houses further out on reclaimed land, these will be facing Harwich. This section of houses goes further out than the proposed pier visitor centre, so anyone sitting in the proposed visitor centre looking to the seaward side would get a view of the beach housing estate rather than the original distant sight of Felixstowe docks.
Visitors will need to walk further out along the pier promenade to get a view of the sea-ward side of the harbour or Felixstowe docks. The pier promenade section does extend further into the river than the housing estate. The up-river views will not be affected.
The final section of beach housing to be built will face Felixstowe docks. The developer also has existing planning permission to build more flats around the corner at the Marina.