Plans to build hundreds of new homes at the former Pinebanks site in Thorpe St Andrew have been backed by the town council.

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Developer Ocubis wants to build up to 215 new homes at Pinebanks and a further 52, along with new sporting facilities and a £400,000 community building, at nearby Griffin Lane.

The plans were discussed at a meeting of Thorpe town council last night, which was attended by about 40 people, most of whom were opposed to the plans.

However, Thorpe councillors, who were consulted on the plans before Broadland council determines the application, voted in favour of the proposals.

Thorpe town councillor John Ward said: “It’s a well-developed scheme and I have never known any developer consult so widely. Yes, there is opposition, but there are others not here, who are in favour of the plans. They are concerned that if the plans do not go ahead, what will be put in their place.

“The scheme will provide much needed houses, open up ancient woodland for walks, and I cannot think of a better plan for these two sites.”

Councillor Susan Lawn added that the former Pinebanks site had become an “absolute mess”.

She said: “I want my daughter, when she marries, to be able to stay and live in Thorpe. We owe it to the children who have grown up in this area to make sure that affordable homes are built.”

Earlier, a petition containing about 300 names in opposition to the plans was handed to the town council. People opposed to the plans raised concerns about increased traffic, the possible impact on sewage and asked how the community’s schools and medical services could cope with the influx of extra residents.

Pinebanks closed down more than four and a half years ago and the plans include the demolition of the existing sports and leisure centre buildings. The proposals also include an £80,000 skate park at Dussindale Recreation Ground, and an agreement for the developer to contribute about £1.4m for education provision locally.

- Are you in favour of the plans or do you disagree with the town council? Leave a comment below and vote in our poll above.

- For more details about the planning applications, see the link at the top-right of this page.

18 comments

  • Being a constituent of Thorpe St Andrew for 40 years seems to have little influence on the way our Town develops. What good is electing a democratic council if they don’t listen or even acknowledge letters and e-mails?

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    MrsA

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • In many countries they make sure the infrastructure is in place, before any building proceeds, here they are going to wait until everything comes to a grinding halt in one way or another.

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    Old Long Balls

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • This will supply much needed housing and I for one look forward to putting my name down to buy one!

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    Goldylocks

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • One wonders who keeps voting for these damned councillors, who fail in general to represent the local people who this effects, furthermore what happened to localism? I also wouldn't bank on there being many affordable home within these constructions as the coalition have now handed developers the perfect get out clause.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Old Long Balls

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Looking at some of the flooding that as occurred in the north today, the last place I would want to live would be Griffin lane.

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    Old Long Balls

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • The sport facilities wil be far short of the Olympic legacy dull restricted and in the wrong place > Councils in that part of the city continue to be 3rd rate as far as public facilities are concerned Leave it all to the City to provide

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    No to tory boy

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • I liked the bit about 'open up ancient woodland for walks' could this be the ancient woodland at the rear of Bishops Close? Where at least two gardens now go right through the ancient woodland and a beautiful Beech tree was cut down to make way for the properties. The beautiful Beech WAS there I have photographic evidence of it.

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    Stop Press

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Regardless of how the TC votes it will ultimately be down to Broadland District Council. All the TC can do is make sure what will be developed works for the community... left empty and derelict and with very little security - leaves the land open to squatters of the travelling fraternity especially Hillcrest Road entrance. I'd rather see a housing development... and there are many more people in favour of the developments than there are against.

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    LIEBC

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • It appears that the general consensus on here is that the councillors do not listen. However, that is not the case the cllrs are not just there for those that speak the loudest and turn up to meetings. They represent the whole electorate. Form sound judgements based on what is best for the community and then abide by majority decisions. Bring to the point that any planning matters are ultimately decided at a higher level than the town council......

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    LIEBC

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • This will supply much needed housing and I for one look forward to putting my name down to buy one!

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    Goldylocks

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • I thought that councillors were elected to represent the views of the electorate. All those members of the public, except for one person, at the meeting last night had objections to the plans but this was not reflected in the council's decision to back the plans. Plenty of people I know around the Pinebanks site object to the plans because they feel the development will create too much traffic.There are also plenty of concerns about the impact of the houses at Griffin Lane, which will be next to the very busy Yarmouth Road. There are also valid concerns about sewage, flooding, provision for school pupils and GP services.The fact that many councillors had pre-prepared statements that they read out at the end of the public meeting showed that they had no intention of listening to the grievances of the people whose lives will be affected by this ill-advised development. There is a great deal of anger and disillusionment among many residents with their elected officials.

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    Sam Mayling

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • i bet most people dont want all thes ethousands of silly little "homes"built at the rate they are going up. proof positive that "localism"has never existed.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Being a constituent of Thorpe St Andrew for 40 years seems to have little influence on the way our Town develops. What good is electing a democratic council if they don’t listen or even acknowledge letters and e-mails?

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    MrsA

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • The argument that people are "concerned that if the plans do not go ahead, what will be put in their place?" is a nonsense - surely the planning authorities have the power to reject ANY future development plans that are deemed unsuitable. Pay attention at the back Mr. Ward! Perhaps these plans suit certain of the councillors rather than their constituents...

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    churchill

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • keep Norfolk rural.this is sheer madness.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • affordable homes.BAH!! cant they build decent houses instead?

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Dear Goldylocks, There are already well in excess of 100 houses for sale in Thorpe St Andrew that are already built. Won't one of these do or are you a bit fussy?

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    Mrs J

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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