News: 2,000 jobs and 3,000 homes in East Anglia

A masterplan for Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth expects to see around 3,000 homes built on 120 hectares of brownfield land and create some 2,000 new jobs by 2011.

The plans submitted by urban regeneration company 1st East include a ‘jobs oasis’ of 26km of waterfront and will use 45 hectares of land immediately available for redevelopment in Lowestoft and 75 hectares in Great Yarmouth.

The proposals include the development of around 3,000 homes in the two towns (1,200 in Lowestoft and 1,800 in Great Yarmouth).

1st East chief executive, Philip Watkins said, "Our vision is to make Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth great places to live, work and visit, building on the unique opportunities of our east coast location."

The plans are designed to make the most of the unique features of both towns while making changes to become attractive to new businesses.

"Our plan supports business growth and in particular aims to build expertise in the environmental economy, on and offshore," Watkins added.

The public will have a chance to see how their ideas have shaped the plans at a feedback event to be held on Tuesday July 25. Once adopted by the local authorities, the action plan will go back to the public for a further round of consultation in late summer.

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