Friday, January 18, 2013
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.
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.
“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
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