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.

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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.”

What do you think? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

6 comments

  • Fuller needs to openly declare his actual and potential financial interests in the housing developments and bypass and recuse himself from participation in any decision from which he will financially benefit, whether directly or indirectly. This entire idea of development in exchange for a bypass is a complete scam. How have so many other villages and towns been bypassed without any such linkage? This is merely a deception on the part of vested interests-- they know we desperately want and need the bypass, and they want the profits from housing developments and indeed the expanded tax base, so they play the local community for fools.

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    chamberlain

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Incinerator-loving stooge Fuller think's he's totally untouchable these days - how is it in any way acceptable to have a hissy fit and try to push through a bypass that will benefit both him and his mates to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds because some people won't play ball? Let's hope that the hacks at Private Eye not only report what's going on but also refer the matter upwards for scrutiny....

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    Fenscape 2

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • V keep a look out for the name Circlet Homes Ltd the latest company, amongst many, set up by John Charles Fuller. Go to company check and see how many fingers in pies he has specially those associated with the off shore industry around Yarmouth. Of course also bare in mind he is a director of the new anglia enterprise partnership as well as leader of sndc.

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    Canary Boy

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • If the Council gets it way, what next for compulsory purchase orders? Anyone who is deemed to have too big a garden? Is there any limit to what they will do? How many of us are prepared to see their livelihood taken away from us by a Council or other government body? This is the sort of thing that used to be laid at the door of dictatorships - not a so called democracy where developers rule no matter what they wish to do. We may need more homes - but is this to be at any price?

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    andy

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • ".......built – or else the council will force them to sell their land." Whenever I see these words I think 'which councillors have got their grubby fingers in the pie and have the vested interests' Fuller. You are acting like a dictator. Remember You work for the people, NOT the other way round.

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    "V"

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Nasty principle at work when individuals face compulsory purchase of their homes or part of their businesses to benefit another business. Long term tax and inheritance planning as well as the continued viability of their businesses could go up in smoke overnight to satisfy developers using the promise of a bypass as a sweetener. If a bypass is necessary build that, but leave private individuals to negotiate with developers on their own terms.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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