Villagers battling to save their community from becoming a suburb of Norwich were disappointed when a scheme to build almost 100 homes was recommended for approval.

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Norfolk Homes Limited has lodged plans to build up to 99 homes and to make land available for a new primary school on 4.7 hectares (11.6 acres) of land off White Horse Lane in Trowse.

Almost a hundred people have written to South Norfolk Council, which is due to make a decision tomorrow, to object against the proposals.

Concerns include: that the extra homes will destroy Trowse’s character; that it will exacerbate parking problems; lead to congestion and is against policies intended to protect the village.

The proposed school – which would be provided by the county council rather than the developer – has also caused concern, with parents
angry at the loss of Trowse Primary School.

A separate application for 81 homes on the YMCA and Crown Point land next door has been lodged with South Norfolk Council. The council has yet to make a decision on that and an appeal against non-determination is under way.

The nearby Deal Ground site has been given outline planning permission for a further 670 homes.

Local councillor Trevor Lewis is opposing the application on policy grounds, while the parish council is also recommending refusal.

The parish council says the cumulative effect of the applications would triple the size of Trowse.

In their submission to the council, chairman Lyn Fabre states: “With this proposed overdevelopment, the village of Trowse will no longer
exist as a village in south Norfolk, it will be just another suburb of Norwich.”

However, officers at South Norfolk Council are recommending that members of the development management committee grant approval to the scheme at tomorrow’s meeting in Long Stratton.

In his report, which will come before councillors, senior planning officer Gary Hancox states: “I note that there is considerable objection from local residents to the loss of the existing school.

“However, the existing school site has no room for expansion and, given the need for future housing growth in the area, it is clear that a site should be found for a larger school.”

He concludes that south Norfolk does not have a five-year supply of land for homes in the Norwich policy area; the site is in a sustainable location; is a preferred site for housing and the benefits of the scheme outweigh any harm.

Do you think too many homes are being built in Norfolk? Or are you keen to see more constructed? 
Write, including your full contact details, to EDP Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email EDPletters@archant.co.uk.

15 comments

  • Agreed JSmith but there is still a little green left to see,but your post hits the point ,that the good people of Trowse are fighting a losing battle

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • But Trowse IS a suburb of Norwich.

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    JSmith

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • The hoite poloite and nearly the largets land owner in Norfolk has fallen on hard times and hence grudgingly decided to vallue add good farmland into well paid for housing, thereby adding barnd new traffic to the village. In two years time Cllr Smith will come round with the postal vote application, endearing himsel;f to the new residents and those who think that he stood up for them will feel oblidged to serve his needs for power. This will balance out all thopse who are hopping mad that the village has been turned into a traffic nightmare.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • What is the evidence for that statement?

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    marty r

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Since the last Labour government gave up control of our borders there has been a huge rise in immigration and the population has risen enormously and these people need houses to live in so Trowse should take it's fair share of new building, new roads, schools, hospitals, rail lines etc are all needed

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    blister

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Good luck to the people of Trowse, hope you win, there will soon be no country side left

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Will the houses come with beds in sheds ?

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I agree with your comments chris, actually it is 400 approved homes.Head teacher spoke at last appeal raising concerns, school is full, and has no room for expansion, and did not know where these children would go. Also concerns raised by GP surgery. We have approx 800 homes at present in Blofield, with the additional 400 we will no longer be a village. The developer will always win. We fought very hard for 12 months , it was a complete waste of time. They hold the trump card , the Planning Inspectorate, who has been directed by the government to build built built, nothing else matters.

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    plum49

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • We need more houses and they have to go somewhere. Albert is spot on with the fact that all the villages and towns within spitting distance of Norwich will be swallowed up over the next 30 years. Trowse will be the first of many.

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    Tone the moan

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • More ticky tacky, poorly designed, poorly built boxes with no character crammed together with roads which barely have enough room for two cars to pass. Councils up and down the country are responsible for the visual destruction of cities and villages with scant regard for the people they are supposed to serve. It's another part of the horrific demise of society as a social construct and a headlong dive into authoritarian contempt

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    Rob_H

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Hellesdon.Catton.Spixworth.Thorpe etc where all once upon a time "villages".Its a sad fact ! In time Greater Norwich will sprawl even further,Wymondam .Drayton.Long Stratton etc all be within one great built up sprawl

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Rob H "More ticky tacky, poorly designed, poorly built boxes" - if they are so awful why do people buy them?

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    BenGuest

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • It will make no difference. Blofield has just had over 300 properties approved for development despite only needing 40 on the local pan. Even if its turned down by the planning authority it will go to appeal and get approved. Used to comment on a lot of applications but have completely lost faith in the system.

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    Chris Johnson

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • More ticky tacky, poorly designed, poorly built boxes with no character crammed together with roads which barely have enough room for two cars to pass. Councils up and down the country are responsible for the visual destruction of cities and villages with scant regard for the people they are supposed to serve. It's another part of the horrific demise of society as a social construct and a headlong dive into authoritarian contempt

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    Rob_H

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • blister you tool - 8 out of 10 people applying for social housing in Norwich are indigenous, Norwich folk born into the culture of workelessness so rife on every estate in the City.

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    Vale Hernandez

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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