Consult residents over plan to sell Dereham green spaces, town councillors urge

Michael Fanthorpe said residents should be consulted. Photo: Bill Smith Michael Fanthorpe said residents should be consulted. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
1:40 PM

Residents should be consulted about the future of three pieces of green space in Dereham that Breckland Council wants to sell off, town councillors have said.

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The parcels of land at Eaton Gardens, Dale Road and Colin Mclean Road are in the latest tranche of Breckland Council’s Active Land Management programme to raise money from surplus pieces of land it owns.

Dereham town councillors considered their response to the proposals, which they believe would lead to new housing being built, at a meeting last night.

Linda Goreham said: “What about the people who have been living here all those years looking out on that green land? I say no, it’s not for development.”

Former mayor Michael Fanthorpe said: “We feel the residents in the area should be fully consulted on this proposed development.”

The councillors had strong concerns about the plans for Dale Road and Colin Mclean Road, but had less of a problem with those for Eaton Gardens.

3 comments

  • why don't they stop building on green land and start re-using some of the derelict sites in the town?

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    Lost In Care

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • You see people of Dereham, those 66 percenters are on your side. Talking of which, why don't they use some of that extraordinary council tax increase to buy the land if they are so concerned about protecting these sites. I don't rate their chance of succes - BDC will only be consulting on the land because they have been approached by a greedy speculator with the right connections to the council hierarchy. Sounds like another done deal in that case.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • If this project goes ahead which I hope it won't and I foresee a problem of insufficient parking spaces and access in Eaton Gardens.

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    John Smith

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

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