Landowners have pledged to listen to the views of local residents after plans for 900 homes at a village near Norwich went on display.

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Hundreds of people descended on Easton Village Hall yesterday and this morning to get their first glimpse of outline proposals to more than double the size of the settlement.

The scheme has been put forward by a consortium of local landowners including Easton and Otley College, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance and the Rampton Property Trust, who are looking to submit a planning application to South Norfolk Council by the summer.

The village is earmarked for major housing growth under the district council’s local plan and forms part of proposals for 37,000 new homes in the Greater Norwich area up until 2026. The outline plans also include a new village centre, a potential extension of the primary school, new open spaces and children’s play areas.

Kevin Cooper, development land project manager of Building Partnerships, said there had been a “variety” of opinions on the proposals, with highways and access being the biggest concern for residents. He added that it was unlikely that any building work would start until late 2015, if approved.

“The fact that the village is likely to increase in size has been known for many years and we are trying to ensure that the parish and residents have their say on the detail. There is a need for new housing. It is an attractive village and we are trying to make it more attractive with more facilities,” he said.

Brenda Daynes, chairman of Easton Parish Council, said it was important that residents had their say on the proposals by March 22. She said a new village centre would be a good thing, but many people had concerns about how the local roads network would cope with so many extra homes.

“I would prefer it not to be 900 homes, but we have to manage it and get the best out of it for the village,” she said.

For more information, visit www.eastondevelopment.co.uk

9 comments

  • The Council have already agreed before the meeting to approve this.

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    Del Boy

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • This is not about homes its a money grab by the consortium.Why would an Agricultural college sell off its land. The Norfolk show ground selling part of the car park when they have announced they wish to expand usage at the show ground. As for amenities, there is already a school & a village hall. Nothing further is planned which is a shame because villagers will need them as they wont get out of the village with the extra houses on the Hamptons, Queens hill & the Next store. The place is gridlocked now evenings & mornings. The Food hub seems to have been dropped, unless that has been addressed by moving the allotments further out of the village.

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    SummerD

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Listen well maybe, but ignore almost for sure.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • If those damned politicians were to sort out the immigr@tion problem there would be no need of even one new home.

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    Steely Dan

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Listen well maybe, but ignore almost for sure.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Hello, I'm afraid we are out at the moment. If you would like to leave a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    Marigold

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Listen well maybe, but ignore almost for sure.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Listen well maybe, but ignore almost for sure.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • They are going to listen to the public. And I am the Queen of Sheba's hairdresser. Who on earth believes this rubbish?

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    alecto

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

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