Long Stratton bypass milestones proposed to put pressure on landowners

PUBLISHED: 08:49 28 July 2014 | UPDATED: 08:49 28 July 2014

Traffic heads through Long Stratton on the A140. Photograph Simon Parker

Traffic heads through Long Stratton on the A140. Photograph Simon Parker


Landowners around Long Stratton look set to be given a deadline to demonstrate they are committed to a deal which would allow 1,800 homes and a bypass to be built – or else the council will force them to sell their land.

A development-funded bypass has been touted as the only way of addressing congestion problems on the A140 between Diss and Norwich.

South Norfolk Council has held negotiations with landowners over how to make that happen.

And, at a meeting today, members of the council’s cabinet will be asked to agree to give landowners, who have indicated they are prepared to collaborate to promote their land for the homes and a bypass, a “cut-off” point to have “advanced substantially” a planning application.

Should milestones fail to be met, then the council could consider using a compulsory purchase order.

John Fuller, South Norfolk Council leader, said: “If the landowners get together and deliver the houses and bypass then that’s great.

“But if we miss this chance then the bypass is off the table for a generation and that’s not something I’m willing to do, which is why we have sought specialist advice so a compulsory purchase is not a pipedream, but a realistic prospect.”

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