Victory for campaigners as bid for Tiffey Valley homes is finally shelved

The Tiffey Valley. Photo: Steve Adams The Tiffey Valley. Photo: Steve Adams

Friday, August 8, 2014
12:21 PM

Joyous campaigners are celebrating after their tireless work to see a controversial bid to build homes on land overlooking Wymondham Abbey refused was backed by government.

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Communities secretary Eric Pickles refused the plans to build 70 homes on Chapel Lane today, after his department recovered the appeal in March.

The verdict comes two years after the bid was originally submitted to South Norfolk Council, who initially refused it in 2013.

But in June, the Fairfield Partnership lodged an appeal, prompting Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman to urge Mr Pickles to directly intervene.

Today, the Secretary of State upheld the decisions given by South Norfolk Council, saying that the development would cause a substantial impact on the landscape of the 900-year-old Wymondham Abbey and the Tiffey Valley.

Mr Freeman said: “This is a victory for localism and democracy in the planning system. For too long and all too often planning has come to seem like something done to communities instead of something done by communities.

“Wymondham is a jewel of a market town which is putting together a long term town plan based on a vibrant local economy and high quality of life, which this development would have under-mined. We need housing – but not at the cost of our green spaces.”

The plans caused outrage in Wymondham, and saw more than 300 people write to South Norfolk Council with their objections.

Terry Povey, a member of the Friends of the Tiffey Valley group, said: “This is a victory for democracy and the voice of the local people. George assumed the role of our leader in carrying forward the fight to save an intrinsic part of Wymondham heritage which is deeply loved by local people and is inextricably linked with the town.”

What do you think of the decision? See tomorrow’s paper for a full report. Contact reporter Lauren Cope on Lauren.cope@archant.co.uk with your views.

9 comments

  • Sportswagon take a look at the housing available to buy. See a shortage of "second hand " homes ????

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    norman hall

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • How great it is to be wrong. On a previous post I was convinced that the money would talk. Couldn't be more pleased to be mistaken. Norfolk is a wonderful place to live and to keep concreting over it is morally wrong.

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    norman hall

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Congratulations to Wymondham in preventing this oversized development. We will have no countryside left if the planners have their way. If only Thetford had been as successful in preventing the 5000 houses scheduled for what is currently farmland.

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    caroline jacobs

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Houses are needed in South Norfolk and elsewhere but in the right place. This location is not appropriate and the government which has a pro-development housing policy agrees. A good decision.

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    Capri

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Excelent news. Significant objections by local people and by the Local Planning Authority should be enough to refuse a planning application. There should be no further appeal process for developers to latch onto. Too often an appeal hinges on arcane interpretations of planning procedures rather than reflecting the opinions of those who will be adversely affected. Mr Pickles should change planning law - he is obviously chasing votes like all politicians will be in the next few months.

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    Enceladus

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Selfish? There are plenty of new housing choices in Wymondham. "Greed" is a better word, with these developers only concerned about making money, in my opinion, and to hell with destroying a beautiful, Iconic landscape.

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    MarkB

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • It is only over when several weeks have passed because in that time there could be an application for a Judicial Review requesting that this decision be overturned. Celebrate later is my advice. About 6 weeks should do it. Then you are in the clear.

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    Dickens

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • NO.....this is a victory for selfish, I already have a house and to hell with anyone else seeking a home people whose houses today probably wouldn't have been built if their attitudes had prevailed then.

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    Sportswagon

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • This is a victory for localism" ............Surely they mean "Nimbyism"

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    MickB1

    Friday, August 8, 2014

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