Concerns raised after RAF Coltishall homes consultation

Thursday, December 19, 2013
5:46 PM

Concerns have been raised over plans to build new homes on a historic Norfolk air base.

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A public consultation was held over Norfolk County Council proposals to convert the old officers’ mess on RAF Coltishall into 40 flats and build 40 new properties in the nearby area.

Nigel Fielding, from Barnby Road, Badersfield, next to the site, said: “The council has proposed something that is not suitable. I’m not a Nimby and I am not against a sympathetic development.”

He said there were was a lack of car parking for the amount of homes, which would be built in a compact area, and the access road through Jaguar Drive was not suitable for the increase in traffic.

Mr Fielding, a director on the Barnby Road Residents’ Committee, said people in the area were “totally opposed” to proposed walking and cycling routes from the development to Barny Road and Filby Road, and a new play area, because they would be responsible for the upkeep and insurance.

Neil Smith, RAF Coltishall project manager for the council, said: “It was a great opportunity for the local community to have first sight of the type of development which we think could be suitable for the officers’ mess –and for us to get their views on these ideas.”

A detailed proposal will be submitted to Broadland District Council next year.

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