Victory for Thorpe campaigners in their long fight to save woods from development

Belmore Plantation, part of Thorpe Woods, which has been saved from development. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Belmore Plantation, part of Thorpe Woods, which has been saved from development. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Rosa McMahon rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk
Friday, July 25, 2014
1:47 PM

A four-year fight to save a historic woodland from development has ended after councillors voted to save it.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Thorpe Woods, a 200-acre site off Plumstead Road East, Norwich, could have been lost after a consortium of landowners proposed to build up to 800 homes.

The area is designated as a County Wildlife Site but its owner, the Thorpe and Felthorpe Trust, wanted to develop it within Broadland District Council’s area action plan (AAP).

The AAP covers the growth triangle which has been earmarked for 10,000 homes as part of the wider growth ambitions of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership.

But at Broadland’s full council meeting earlier this month, members decided the area would not be allocated for development.

The Friends of Thorpe Woodlands group was formed in response to the original proposals in 2010 and its 1,000 members have campaigned for the woods to be safeguarded.

Developer Socially Conscious Capital presented two development options at a public consultation. Now the friends’ treasurer, Jason Beckett, said the community was delighted at the outcome and the support shown by the local authority.

“This is a really big step for us,” he said. “This is something
which is at the heart of the community. People in their 80s and 90s have memories of using the woodland.

“When we first started four years ago we never expected we would still be campaigning four years later.”

Although Broadland District Council leader Andrew Proctor said the development allocation would be reviewed by 2026, he added that the development was not suitable at the moment for two reasons.

Firstly, development is not needed, he explained, and it was necessary to ensure building was not taking place “at all costs” – and, secondly, it was necessary to make sure the developments were managed properly.

“It’s essential that appropriate development is undertaken in the appropriate parts of the district,” he said. “The work in putting together the area’s action plan ensures that we can meet those aspirations.”

What do you think? Email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • …..PDH!.....praying will not make one iota of difference...even if your comment has been removed...I saw nothing offensive in it!...What could make a difference, is having a fresh look at the number of houses that will be required to give a roof to those hard done by souls on the waiting lists of Broadland....Thorpe St Andrew, Sprowston and Catton and beyond!! ...Assuming they all want an affordable home to live in at an affordable rent!... Where is the need to build thousands of homes, to house hundreds of tenants?....Of will the fine City of Norwich be chipping in with cash to swell the coffers of Broadland in hope of solving their problems?.....

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • When the NDR is built ,the woods will be a small patch of green set a mist the Urban Sprawl,unless the woods fal; foul of the big money and profits on offer,for those who know the price of everything but the value of nothing

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Albert Cooper

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • .....Andy!....I think your timings are a bit out!.... Larger trees opposite Hammond Way on Salhouse Road have already been marked in Red, for their imminent removal!.... Various coloured markings have appeared on the roads in the area!....Proposed development on both sides of the road has already begun leading to a new roundabout near John Faircloth Cars!...That will be two EXTRA ROUNDABOUTS to encounter when coming into the City from Rackheath!....New drainage was put in about 18months ago!....but the pavement is still as close to road, just east of Wilco!....It's all fun and games in this area at the moment!.....

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • SP, it will not have any effect because, as reported in the EDP, with a projected development of 10,000 houses, there is planning permission already granted or in the pipeline for 12,500 new homes. It may however affect some aspects as the Plumstead Road is scheduled to see traffic flows double as a result of the NDR whereas the Salhouse and Wroxham Roads are not scheduled to see any appreciable increase in traffic over the next 12 years. How long before they want to cut down trees to widen the road??

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    andy

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Well done campaigners. Always good to see another campaign keeping the bully boys at bay. Now for the NDR

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    alecto

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • …..COMMONSENSE made the decision in this case....BUT...and there's always a But!.....How much will this decision affect the 'money pot' for the NDR ?.....

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 25, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Norfolk Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 14°C

Five-day forecast

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT