AN ambitious bid to add 1,000 homes, a school and a new link road at Gorleston is seeking public approval as the best way to guarantee prosperity and growth.

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Under the masterplan Gorleston’s Beacon Park will see its employment zone double in size to benefit from the burgeoning energy sector, with the new homes spreading towards Bradwell and connected by an A12/A143 link road.

It will be phased in over 15 years but could start within two as planners admit they are keen to “crack on.”

Officials said this week that work behind the scenes was well advanced with developers showing a keen interest, and positive feedback from those already living there.

Local people are being offered their say as part of a consultation process which also seeks their views on long-standing plans to develop the waterfront at Cobholm, North Quay and Southtown Road - earmarked as an urban hub for shopping offices and housing.

An eye is also being cast over the borough for a site for 25 permanent traveller pitches while those at Gapton Hall are safeguarded.

David Glason, strategic planning manager at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said Beacon Park was flourishing and could do better still.

“A lot of the work that we are doing is based on future projections. A lot of it has looked at the offshore energy sector to make sure we have enough land to serve our ambitions. Harfreys and Gapton Hall are bursting at the seams.

“We have done work on demographics and migration and what we are talking about is an identified need to plan for and cater for. If we don’t earmark sites for housing we will build up problems for the future. Given the constraints in the borough to do with flooding Beacon Park is quite obviously the place to go.

Mr Glason said the scheme would be delivered in phases over 15 years. But the intention, he added, was to crack on as quickly as possible.

“It is good news,” he said. “It is a project the council has wanted for a long time.”

The new 2km link road will connect the estate to the A143 south of Bradwell, at the notorious Belton crossroads which would be redesigned. The amount of employment land will be doubled by another 15 hectares. The site is the borough’s biggest allocation as it works to fulfil a quota of 300 units a year for the next 15 years.

It is considered ideal because it is close to the hospital and will deliver a new road and school as well as improvements to the blackspot crossroads where visibility is poor.

People have until December 21 to comment on the Local Plan- Core Strategy document.

To find out more call 01493 846226, email localplan@great-yarmouth.gov.uk.

16 comments

  • Building homes doesn't guarantee prosperity and growth, it's an absolute fallacy which has been tried many times before; all it will lead to is a boom followed by a massive bust, probably much more severe that the current mess we are already in.

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    John L Norton

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Sorry typo -shifting retail to Southtown is NOT going to help GY. Frankly I reckon it would be better if we blew up Haven Bridge and let the Lothingland villages and Gorleston go back to Suffolk because they have sucked the life out of the town.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • How many will be housing association and how many locals will be housed in them?, or will they be let to outsiders ?.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • It would be fair to assume that 1000 houses will be occupied by 2000 adults and 1500 children (give or take a few). Do we currently have 2000 jobs available in the area?? Can the local infrastructure cope with 2000 extra cars?? Are there spaces for 1500 children in the schools. most seem full already. who benefits from this caper?? I would suggest that greedy developers and estate agents, certainly not local people.

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Yet again, the EDP does not include a map. I was born in Gorleston so retain an interest although live far away now. But without a map, I have little idea where this road and houses will be. Why is a map always so difficult for the EDP?

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    JackH-1938

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Yet another barmy idea that will probably guarantee some councillors pocket to be lined.Short sightedness like this really gets up locals noses as these so called 'representatives' of the borough totally ride roughshod over local knowledge and opinion.Maybe these councillors should use their publically funded I-pads and do some research on this subject....

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    wes1975

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Was this not the route was suggested before they built it along the old railway line and then most of the councillers were aginst it. For having more Pikies parks have we not got enought trouble with the ones we have already. It only mentions a school nothing about any surgeries and doctors. They just need to look at the Outer Harbour what we were promised and we are still waiting. There is enough congestion at Harfreys and Gapton Hall round abouts as it is now.

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    Dave

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • All very well, but like the promises about the outer harbour lessons must be learnt... 1000 homes which many cannot afford to buy... Another doctors surgury and dentist surgury will be required ... Belton having trouble with theirs....also increasing traffic congestion with extra cars ... Increasing the population to a point of over crowding ... And shopping now in Norwich as GY is now a bad shopping centre for quality ... Many cheap poundland type shops and charity and empty ones... With the Internet just creating shop closures and more part time jobs... It is more full time employment that is needed not more unaffordable houses and extra people on benefits .... the report this week of things not getting better before 2018 , will see a lot of very low standard of living by then, as spending power gets less and less... 1000 houses at below 100k each would help, but at 150k no benefit to local people at that price.....over population is not a benefit with limited space.... Duelling the a11 at elvedon will mean more people moving into the area but little shopping benefit if shopping is not improved in GY

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    Lionel

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • We already have one of the largest council estates in the country at Gorleston with very little in the way of jobs. Which is why there are so many resdients dependent wholly or partly on benefits. Where are these people going to find work or are they too going to live care of the state.

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    BG

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Yet another barmy idea that will probably guarantee some councillors pocket to be lined.Short sightedness like this really gets up locals noses as these so called 'representatives' of the borough totally ride roughshod over local knowledge and opinion.Maybe these councillors should use their publically funded I-pads and do some research on this subject....

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    wes1975

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • I think we can take this as a resounding no then! Lets just hope the council doesn`t get sucked into believing another bucketful of promises like they did with the outer harbour. Where has news of all these marvellous contracts for the outer harbour got to - or was the grain ship it?

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    BG

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Plus a new school -really? When developers moved in on what is now one of the largest villages in the country a new school was thought necessary but of course never materialised so the 60s-70s built existing schools have been hotched and potched and offer facilities inferior to what could have been, and stand on inadequate grounds with inadequate and dangerous access. The planners should be looking at what the alternative is if they cannot hold the developers to a new school.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Oh Yes - Guaranteed prosperity for the developers - then when another '1000 homes worth of people turn up in Gorleston' what jobs are they going to do? I quote from the EDP of 12th May - Latest unemployment figures reveal that an area of Great Yarmouth has one of the highest rates of people claiming unemployment benefits in the United Kingdom. Would it not be better to get the current unemployed off benefits and into work? And then this 'it's next to a hospital' comment - Do we all feel that the James Paget wants another 2-4000 people relocated at it's doorstep? Come on Mr 'Great Yarmouth Mercury' - you tell us who really benefits from the 'New Developments' in the region!

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    wallywalnut

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • More housing at Cobholm and on North Quay. In the flood zone ? Are they mad? GY does not have a large single professional class to want waterside flats and the shops that are in the town cant keep open. The last thing the essential route across Haven Bridge and along South town needs is more congestion-it needs redesigning to make traffic flow smoothly so that buses can keep to time tables and so that an alternative route to the Gapton Hall jams is available. By all mean utilise North Quay-get a casino on the waterfront and a hotel and clubs and get the empty bank buildings occupied. Shifting retail centres to Southtown which was traditionally housing and port work is going to help GY because the trek over the bridge is inconvenient for pedestrians and motorists. This is another south of the borough centric plan, pulling the guts out of the town centre.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • To Daisy Roots There is more Rate Payers in Gorleston so I think Gt Yarmouth would sink it is one of the worst shopping areas in Norfolk.It is like a asylum town get straight off train and into the benifits office.

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    Dave

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Yet again, the EDP does not include a map. I was born in Gorleston so retain an interest although live far away now. But without a map, I have little idea where this road and houses will be. Why is a map always so difficult for the EDP?

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    JackH-1938

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

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