A planning blueprint for new growth in South Norfolk took a step forward today with the start of another round of public consultation.

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Residents are being asked for their views on where thousands of new homes should be built in the district after South Norfolk Council planning officials whittled down a list of 1,500 proposed sites for development to 150.

A new round of public consultation, where people can have their say on preferred site allocations and development boundaries, began today and will run until October 26. A series of exhibitions will also be held.

More than 11,000 comments have already been sent to the local authority over the last two years and the latest round of consultation is the last before a planning inspector reviews the district council’s proposals next year.

The site specific document earmarks 1,226 new homes across four sites in Hethersett, 552 new homes for Poringland and Framingham Earl, 500 for Costessey and 170 in Mulbarton.

Area action plans are being drawn up for Wymondham, which is set to receive 2,200 new homes by 2026 Long Stratton, which is earmarked for 1,800 homes and a long-awaited relief road and Cringleford, which is set to expand by 1,200 homes.

The development plan also includes 900 new homes to the south and east of Easton and to create a new village centre, a Norfolk food and farming hub at Easton and new employment opportunities at Longwater in Costessey, Hethel near Wymondham, and a science park at Colney.

Consultation dates:

Mulbarton – Village Hall, Tuesday 11 September, 3–7pm, The Common, Mulbarton, NR14 8AE

Hethersett – Village Hall, Wednesday 12 September, 3–7pm, Back Lane, Hethersett, NR9 3JJ

Trowse – White Horse Inn, Friday 14 September, 3–7pm, The Street, Trowse, NR14 8ST

Harleston – The Swan Hotel, Monday 17 September 3– 7pm, (Carvery Room) The Thoroughfare, Harleston, IP20 9AS

Hingham – Lincoln Social Centre, Friday 21 September 3–7pm, The Fairland, Hingham, NR9 4HW

Poringland – Community Centre, Monday 24 September, 3–7pm, Overtons Way, Poringland, NR14 7WB

Long Stratton – SNC, Tuesday 25 September 3–7pm, Council Offices, Swan Lane, NR15 2XE

Diss – Mere’s Mouth Friday 28 September 9–3pm, Mere Street, Diss, IP22 4AG

Costessey – Costessey Centre, Monday 1 October, 3–7pm, Longwater Lane, Recreation Ground, NR8 5AH (Jerningham Room)

Little Melton – Village Hall, Tuesday 2 October, 3–7pm, Mill Road, Little Melton, NR9 3NX

Easton – Village Hall, Thursday 4 October, 3–7pm, Marlingford Road, Easton, NR9 5AD

Loddon – Library Annexe, Tuesday 9 October, 3– 7pm, Church Plain, Loddon, NR14 6EX

Wymondham – Central Hall, Thursday 11 October 3pm – 7pm (Tiffey Room) Back Lane, Wymondham, NR18 0QB

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