What do you think? Questions raised about traffic, school and health impact of plans for 100 new homes in Wroxham

Development director Simon Bryan at the Hopkins Homes hold public exhibition of their proposed development of land on the outskirts of the village for 100 homes.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Development director Simon Bryan at the Hopkins Homes hold public exhibition of their proposed development of land on the outskirts of the village for 100 homes. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Friday, January 18, 2013
12:00 PM

Questions have been raised about the potential added strain on roads, schools and health provision in Wroxham – as plans for 100 new homes in the Broads village were revealed.

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Parish council chairman John Halford and Hopkins Homes development director Simon Bryan at the public exhibition of the proposed development of land on the outskirts of the village for 100 homes.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYParish council chairman John Halford and Hopkins Homes development director Simon Bryan at the public exhibition of the proposed development of land on the outskirts of the village for 100 homes. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Hopkins Homes held its first public consultation for a development of new homes off Salhouse Road, alongside the railway line and main Norwich Road in the south of the village.

The plans are for 100 new homes, 33 of which would fit affordable home criteria, and will include a children’s play area and landscaped open space.

Ben McGilvray, district councillor for Wroxham, was one of the people looking over the plans at the consultation.

The Liberal Democrat councillor, who has lived in Wroxham since he was four years old, said: “I think local people have got a lot of concerns. There are a lot of unresolved questions that need to be answered before we support the plans.

Hopkins Homes hold a public exhibition of their proposed development of land on the outskirts of the village for 100 homes.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYHopkins Homes hold a public exhibition of their proposed development of land on the outskirts of the village for 100 homes. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

“There are concerns about there being more traffic on the roads and the impact on the schools and doctors’ surgery.”

The site was shortlisted by Broadland District Council in autumn 2011 as one of the most suitable locations for development in Wroxham.

Hopkins Homes intends to submit its final plans in March and is targeting planning permission being granted in November so that building work can begin in May 2014 and be completed in February 2015.

Simon Bryan, development director at Hopkins Homes, said: “This is the first public consultation and we are totally committed to ensuring the key stakeholders and public feedback is listened to.”

Access to the site will be via a new junction built in Salhouse Road, south of The Avenue, and the current public footpath through the site will be maintained, linking with the open space through to Salhouse Road.

John Halford, chairman of Wroxham Parish Council, added: “We have been pleased to be involved with decisions since quite an early stage.

“We feel we have been listened to and feel we have represented our residents.

“We recognise the need for new housing in our community and as the local council we hope this is a development with which people will be happy.”

- To view the plans in full, and to send feedback to the developers, go to www.salhouseroad.co.uk

- What do you think of the plans? Leave a comment below or contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

4 comments

  • Wroxham and Hoveton already face traffic congestion and jams at any time throughout the year. The new 200 house development that is taking place at Hoveton next to the health centre will already cause mayhem through both villages either side of the river bridge so building an additional 100 in Wroxham is simply madness. I doubt whether any of these houses will be truly affordable and few will be rented by local people. I am certain that the future occupants of these houses won't work in Wroxham or Hoveton and will commute so where is there any justification for building these houses except for the landowners and developers making a quick fortune. These houses are neither justified or wanted by local people.

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    sarahandivan

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Let's put these houses into context. The Joint Core Strategy (JCS) which Broadland District Council supports calls for the construction of 37,000 new homes with 10,000 of them in the so called North East growth triangle (NEGT).The rest of the homes are to be shared around Norwich City and South Norfolk areas. The 100 houses here, and the 3,600 that Beyond Green are planning in Sprowston plus the 4,000 in the so called Eco town at Rackheath, are part of the 10,000. Interestingly the builders are all planning to build these homes even though SNUB successfull challenged the JCS in the High Court. As a consequence the JCS is NOT yet adopted until the BDC meeting on the 24th Jan when they will attempt to adopt the JCS following corrections called for by the Judge when he found that the original JCS was unlawful. By the way we still think it is even after the rework! BDC are desperate to start building new homes because they need the New Homes Bonus and Community Infrastructure Levy that any new houses attract in order to replenish their fiancial reserves which they have raided to keep council tax artifically low in order to curry favour with the voters and increase their chances of staying in power. The original plan from Hopkins was for 200 homes however Wroxham Parish Council fought this on air pollution and got the number reduced to 100. The keen eyed among you will notice that just over the bridge in Hoveton is a large grey air monitor that was paid for by North Norfolk District Council as Broadland refused to fund it. Hoveton of course is in the NNDC area. However it was data from that monitor that gave Wroxham the intelligience they needed. Now imagine the pollution from 10,000 new homes in the area and all of the new residents deciding to go to Wroxham. The place will become choked literally! Finally someone should ask Hopkins Homes what the average size of the proposed homes are as they do not appear on the information provided here; http:snubcampaign.blogspot.co.uk201211rabbit-hutch-or-what.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+LatestSNUBNews+(Latest+SNUB+News). Is that because the size is even lower!

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    SNUB

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • don't just worry about 100 houses in Wroxham, worry about Wroxham joining up with Rackheath as Broadland dc leaders ego's just want to show how good they have achieved the quota of building houses. Remember that Rackheath was to be an eco town, now it is just a development to serve yarmouth gas fields,( straight from the Broadland DC !!

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    Srm

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I live on Salhouse Road in Wroxham and getting out of our drive is so dangerous. The cars speed round the roundabout and have a near miss weekly. The road to salhouse is so dangerous, too many accidents happen there. Something needs to be done to the roads before these houses are even build. They refused to put a bus stop down our road a few years ago as it was said to be dangerous but they want to build 100 houses? Our schools are packed, we have one garage no other shops. What are the people who have lived here for years going to gain ?

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    Sharon Browne

    Friday, January 18, 2013

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