Keep our children safe - parents in Great Ellingham raise concerns over planning application outside primary school

PUBLISHED: 07:54 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 07:54 04 August 2014

The Hingham Road/Attleborough Road junction in Great Ellingham near Great Ellingham school. Picture by: Sonya Duncan

The Hingham Road/Attleborough Road junction in Great Ellingham near Great Ellingham school. Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Villagers have issued a plea to planning bosses to keep their children safe, after proposals to build 39 homes on a busy junction outside a primary school were submitted.

The plans, submitted to Breckland District Council earlier this month, would see 25 four-bed, six three-bed and eight two-bed houses built on farmland next to the village primary school on Attleborough Road, Great Ellingham.

They would be funded by section 106 contributions – money secured from developers as part of their
planning conditions, to pay for recreation and community facilities.

But concerns have been raised over the potential impact on the already overcrowded Attleborough Road and Hingham Road junction, which has become notorious for accidents. Despite a 30mph limit, children and parents struggle to navigate the
staggered junction during peak times – with the threat of construction vehicles and more cars set to worsen the situation.

Gary Cursons, of Chequers Green, described the plans as a “crazy suggestion” and said he objected to them in the “strongest terms”.

“The staggered school crossroads is lethal in the mornings – people don’t drive at 30mph. For residents of this new estate the thought of letting their children cross to go to school sends shivers down my spine,” he said.

Mrs Jewson, of Long Street, said: “Having to walk my children to school each day and cross the road here shows it is already dangerous enough, drivers emerging from Hingham Road not only have to contend with looking for vehicles left, right and straight ahead but also pedestrians crossing the road.”

Great Ellingham Parish Council will discuss the plans at a public meeting on August 20, but clerk Liz Ground admitted that the proposals were “worrying”. They will refer their views to Breckland Distict Council, who will make the final decision.

What do you think of the plans? Let reporter Lauren Cope know on Lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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