‘It’s an enormous number’ – Plea for villagers to have their say on 900-home plans near Norwich

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Saturday, March 8, 2014
10:51 AM

People are being urged to have their say on plans which could more than double the size of a village outside Norwich.

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People are being urged to have their say on plans which could more than double the size of a village outside Norwich.

A total of 900 homes are proposed in Easton in the next 10 to 15 years, along with a new village hall, expanded primary school, play area and green
spaces.

People living in the area will get their first chance to inspect the development plans at two exhibitions in the village next weekend, and have their say on the fine detail before a planning application is made this summer.

The development is being 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.

Easton parish council clerk John Witcombe said councillors were concerned at the number of houses in the village, but encouraged villagers to make their voices heard so they could be considered in the final plans.

“People must speak up now so that they can have their say,” he said.

“I don’t think we are that keen on the number of new homes that are coming – it’s an enormous number – but it’s the planners who have decided the number. We have 600 homes in the village at the moment, and there are another 900 coming.”

Easton has been identified by South Norfolk Council as a major growth area under its Local Plan document which follows the Joint Core Strategy outlining 37,000 homes for Great Norwich.

Mr Witcombe said the council had been working with the developers to influence the plans, and ensure the village benefited as much as possible from the changes.

The area is set to see other changes, with the 435-home phase two of Lodge Farm in Costessey approved earlier this week and a new supermarket £6m Next superstore set for Longwater.

Mr Witcombe added: “It has reached the point where it is now going to happen, so we have been making sure our views are heard.”

The developers say they are aiming to create a sustainable community and fashion a new heart for the village.

The exhibition will be a chance to inspect the masterplan, which shows the layout and landscaping of the the development, with villagers’ feedback on house distribution, transport infrastructure and community facilities being included in the finer detail plans which could be submitted to South Norfolk Council by the summer. If the application is made then, a decision could follow by the end of the year.

Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions about the development.

The exhibitions will be between 2pm and 8pm on Friday and 9am and 2pm on Saturday.

See www.eastondevelopment.co.uk

18 comments

  • Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated !! Our friends from the all the failed EU bloc peasant branch, are indeed rushing in to fill all those much needed hand car wash jobs or chicken head removing posts. Finding these lovely chaps homes to live is great news for people like me....puff on the big cigar moment.

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    nrg

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Don't forget with all the benefit caps, London will be looking for places to move their undesirable(unemployed), we will be being bribed to build houses for them too.

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    WTH

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Last time I looked at the figures for how many people Newham Council wish to unload to other parts of country it stood at around 35,000. London is now full of the new 'Brits' and it is only fair that our county takes the allocated numbers of 70,000 plus in the coming decade. Those not wishing for things to change should vote UKIP

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    nrg

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Because the last Labour government gave up control of our borders we now have a much larger population and it is due to soar over the next few years due to mass immigration, it is only fair that we should all budge up a bit and make room for more homes, roads, airports etc

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    blister

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • People will see the exhibition and the plans will still get passed, just like the development at Bradwell. The parish Council did nothing and bowed down to the councils wishes as per usual. At least Easton has a council with ba*ls and they are prepared to do something.

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    "V"

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • 78 per cent of all hand car wash 'businesses' in London are a front for money laundering from kiddie porn and drug money...don't you just love the failed EU club....sip on tea with feet up moment

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    nrg

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Maybe 1% of these new homeowners will use public transport and some will dare to cycle in fear of their lives, but the majority will add to the mayhem, especially just before 9am, when the public sector employees all appear together, bringing traffic to a standstill.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • 3 chaps arrested on A11 this week with a car load of charlie were indeed Albanian mafia, can't wait till these chaps have EU membership....peeps should wash their own cars for a safer Blighty.

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    nrg

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • I hope the people of Easton win this, Easton does not need any more homes building in it, it will spoil this lovely village.

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • So is the population going to need 37,000 houses for those born here? Pension argument...What 5 million needed to pay for pensions now, half stay so in 30 years we need10 million extra, very twisted pyramid game then! Have you calculated how many min wage workers are needed to make this work taking all benefits and % of spend on pensions etc.

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    WTH

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • At present Easton has a part time post office, a fish and chip shop, poor water pressure and internet connection. What will be promised to make this scheme viable. Substantial improvement is required to the infrastructure and fabric of the village to make this plan work. Not just idle talk by developers to get planning permission but concrete commitments.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Because the last Labour government gave up control of our borders we now have a much larger population and it is due to soar over the next few years due to mass immigration, it is only fair that we should all budge up a bit and make room for more homes, roads, airports etc

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    blister

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • I take it that, as usual, there will be absolutely no improvement to any of the roads or other transport links in the surrounding area. I'm sure someone (who is probably already obscenely wealthy) is going to make a lot of money out of this.

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    Kossyman

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • The big question is, will anyone want to live is Easton? It's not exactly the most desirable of villages!

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    Norfolk John

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • I love these news articles. They always bring out the NIMBY brigade waffling on about not wanting "their" beautiful village ruined or blaming it on immigration. Fact is we need housing for an increasing population - the same population that will pay your pension in retirement. So, how about removing heads from backsides and stop being so selfish and insular.

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    Tootyfrooty

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • nrg

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Come on, be fair we all have to do our part. It's only 900 out of the 37,000. The Councils need all that extra revenue to help with services.....not to protect the 20% needed or going into their pensions funds.

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    WTH

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • We need more housing in Norfolk but we don't want the urban sprawl that has occurred around London and Hertfordshire. But why when it comes to this people have to resort to NIMBYism, casual racism and immigrant bashing? This gives Norfolk a bad name and perpetuates the myth that people here are backwards.

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

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