Easton could more than double in size as fresh bid put forward to build 907 homes

PUBLISHED: 06:30 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 08:04 29 January 2016



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A controversial vision to more than double the size of Easton has been re-shaped after talks broke down.

The village, near Norwich, currently has around 600 homes, and a planning application for 907 new homes was approved by South Norfolk Council’s planning committee last year.

Scores of locals had objected, citing concerns over traffic, flooding and strain on medical services and schools.

But the plans, for land north and south of Dereham Road, were given the green light subject to conditions including a section 106 agreement. However, a slightly scaled back application – for 890 homes – has now been submitted to planners after talks between parties broke down.

The applicants are a consortium of landowners, including Easton and Otley College, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance and the Rampton Property Trust.

While the exact cause of the disagreement is not known, it appears that the consortium and Easton Parish Council have failed to reach agreement.

A planning report notes that this led to the application site “being reduced by removing the parish council’s land”.

The new application has a higher density of housing than the previous application.

Officers noted that there had been objections to the revised application, but that these did not raise any new issues, and the application was recommended for approval at Wednesday’s planning meeting. The scheme would also include an extended primary school, a new village hall, a retail store and areas of public open space including allotments.


  • This article is terrible. 'The exact cause of the disagreement is not known' did you ask? The offer from the consortium to buy the land was disgusting, parish council tried to negotiate, but the offer from Rampton trust gave no guarantee or timescale of when or if easton would get any money from selling the land to them. Who in their right mind would accept any deal where you didn't know if you would ever get any money from it. Consortium have acted terribly along with these plans and the residents have basically been stitched up Edp get your reporters to dig out the truth then you will have a good storyarticle worth reading. It's not just a few nimbly residents it's a consortium of recognised businesses and education facilities basically doing the dirty on a lovely village all for greed. New village hall yeah of course but who has to pay for it, what facilities is easton going to be left with As I say edp get the real story, not just the basis it's another case of locals bring lied to and stitched up.

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    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • @John L Norton - I too agree, what a brilliant idea the NDR is but its effectiveness is reduced significantly by not connecting it all the way round to the A47. Having the full loop will massively reduce stress around longwatereastondereham road!

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    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • What will become of Dereham Road ? The road is already a damned nightmare when trying to get into Norwich. This would have been okay if we were going to have a complete NDR, but we aren't. We just don't have the infrastructure to cope with this kind of development.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Being a resident in Easton i understand Norwich needs to grow but by doubling the size of our lovely village is making it that litlle villages like us are becoming very less around the country . Leave Easton alone its already a nightmare with traffic concerns when the dual carriage way has an accident traffic gets all diverted though our village which is being discused with traffic managment at the moment . I know i may sound just like an old fart but i do think places with nice country side and farmer fields should be protected but i know majority of times money from big companys wins ..

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    Loui Eljay

    Friday, January 29, 2016

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