December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 3, 2013
A public meeting has been called in Loddon to discuss an application to build 200 homes in the town.
Halsbury Homes Ltd has submitted an application to South Norfolk Council for outline planning permission to build up to 200 homes on a 15 hectare site off George Lane, with associated infrastructure and open space, including a new roundabout junction where the A146 meets George Lane.
The plans have sparked a debate on social network site Facebook with 59 people commenting on a post about the plans by Loddon Parish Council.
The views add to the 40 public comments submitted for the application on the district council website, the majority of which are against the proposal raising concerns about added traffic congestion and increased pressure on infrastructure.
One resident wrote: “Loddon really cannot take another 200 properties. Resources are already stretched, i.e schools, doctors and dentists.
“A roundabout at the junction of George Lane and the A146 would make coming in and out of the junction safer hopefully, but if we only get it by agreeing to 200 homes being built then we don’t think we want it.”
Ray Lumley, chairman of Loddon Parish Council, said the meeting had been called to get the views of both councillors and residents.
He said: “People you talk to on the street say people have to live somewhere but other people say Loddon can’t cope with anymore homes.
“Once we have had the meeting we will know more about what people think and then we can decide what our response will be.”
In the design and access statement submitted as part of the application it says that Loddon has already been identified for up to 200 new dwellings in the submission draft of the Joint Core Strategy for Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk, published by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership.
It adds that the site is “sustainable and appropriate for the form of development being proposed, and would make a significant contribution to the continued vitality of the village.”
Of the 200 homes proposed there would be 134 houses sold on the open market, 56 social rented and 10 would be intermediate housing.
The public meeting will be held tonight at the Library Annexe at 7pm.