December 19 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
People living in south Norfolk are being given the final chance to have their say as a blueprint for new housing in the area is displayed.
A document outlining employment and housing allocations has been released which details sites across the district where homes – ranging from groups of five to 1,200 – will be built.
A separate Wymondham Area Action Plan (WAAP) has been produced to identify sites for housing, industry and leisure, which will be rolled out in the town until 2026.
The plans will be discussed at a council meeting on Monday. Residents will then have six weeks to give feedback before the plans are submitted to the planning inspector.
The WAAP sees the rugby club relocated on Norwich Common, close to Kett’s Oak, and the existing site made available for a retirement complex.
Areas south of Wymondham near Silfield Road and The Lizard have been marked for development while an area east of Harts Farm next to Browick Hall has been suggested for employment. A total of 2,200 new homes is needed in Wymondham and permission for more than 1,200 has already been granted.
The leader of South Norfolk Council, John Fuller, said care had been taken to protect the Tiffey Valley, the views of the Abbey and land near Cavick House.
He said the council would ensure builders came up with designs which complemented nearby houses.
“We refused planning permission in Poringland recently due to insufficient quality of design. It’s through decisions and documents like this that we can enforce proper design. It gives us the legal right to resist bog- standard development.
“The right amount of development in Wymondham has given us the opportunity to deal with problems such as the flooding under the bridge near Wymondham railway station.”
He said more bungalows would be built to accommodate the aging population and across the south of the county the focus would be on “quality of life and livability”.
“Across the district we have whittled 1,500 sites down to a couple of hundred. We will maintain gaps between the developments. Wymondham is a separate place from Hethersett and Hethersett is a separate place from Cringleford.
“These are sites which we have put forward for development. Some smaller villages could have a dozen homes and some larger ones will have up to 1,000.
“Local residents can breathe a sigh of relief. There’s a degree of certainty that this is what’s going to be put forward.”
Mid Norfolk MP, George Freeman, said: “I sense that people have mistrust about the planning system but what has been said here today is crucial.
“The obvious place to build in Wymondham is south.
“We need to show people that this is not just house-dumping; it is a way to improve links to the town centre and a way to increase tourism.”
The plans will be discussed at a cabinet meeting at South Norfolk House on Monday at 9am.
For a full breakdown of the south Norfolk development framework, see tomorrow’s paper.