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Plans revealed for new 10,000 home Norfolk town

PUBLISHED: 15:42 21 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:13 22 July 2018

A map of the proposed new town's location in mid Norfolk, between the villages of North Elmham, Billingford and Bintree. Photo: Lanpro

A map of the proposed new town's location in mid Norfolk, between the villages of North Elmham, Billingford and Bintree. Photo: Lanpro

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A town the size of Thetford could be built in mid Norfolk if new plans are realised, the EDP can reveal.

The Mid Norfolk Railway is based in Dereham. The line could provide transport links to the new town. Picture: Ian BurtThe Mid Norfolk Railway is based in Dereham. The line could provide transport links to the new town. Picture: Ian Burt

Norwich based planners Lanpro are preparing a proposal for a new settlement of up to 10,000 homes situated between the villages of North Elmham, Billingford and Bintree, as part of government plans to back new garden towns.

A summary of the project seen by this newspaper describes the proposal for the 1,294 acre site as “the first planned new settlement within Norfolk”.

Chris Leeming, managing director at Lanpro, said: “We are told the government’s call for sites for new garden towns is imminent, and this proposal will be submitted subject to local planning authority requirements and the government timelines.

“This spot in mid Norfolk has been chosen for the site as we have sifted several suitable areas and this scored the highest on the most criteria.

Managing director, Chris Leeming, of the town planning and building design consultancy firm Lanpro. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYManaging director, Chris Leeming, of the town planning and building design consultancy firm Lanpro. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“The size and number of homes to be built is yet to be decided but the aim is to deliver a balanced community with schools, shops and doctors surgeries included in the plans.”

He added the timeline and cost for the proposed build is unknown at this stage, as is whether the development would receive any government funding.

Mr Leeming did not comment on whether the firm expected to be granted planning permission, and said: “We are subject to all the normal processes and criteria plus the government guidelines.

“We hope to name the project in consultation with stakeholders.”

North Elmham. Picture: Matthew Usher.North Elmham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

One aspect of the proposal was the suggestion that the town could be provided with rail links via a partnership with the Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) heritage line.

General manger George Saville said: “We’ve made no commitment either way.

“We’ve been in discussions with Lanpro but there’s been nothing substantial put on the table.

“The MNR could only make a proper decision once Lanpro know for definite.”

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