Gresham’s School homes plan in Holt backed by town councillors

PUBLISHED: 09:28 16 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:33 16 April 2014

Gresham's School, Holt.

Gresham's School, Holt. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

A trio of homes schemes on land belonging to an historic town school have been backed by town councillors.

The majority of members of Holt Town Council voted in favour of 153 new properties which would be built on three plots of land at Gresham’s School, if approved by North Norfolk District Council.

Sale of the land, with permission for housing, is key to unlocking a £10m vision to build a sixth form centre and revamp six boarding houses.

If approved, a triangle of unused land between Cromer Road and the bypass could have 126 homes; a piece of school field off Grove Lane could have 19 larger four-to-five bedroomed homes; and land behind the library, also with access off Grove Lane, could have eight detached homes.

The plans, which were amended following a public consultation by the school and its development partner Endurance Estates Strategic Land, were discussed this week by the council in front of the dozens of concerned residents.

A resident said: “Everyone wants Gresham’s to succeed but it should not succeed at the detriment of Holt.”

Other homeowners said schools, the medical practice and other town services would not cope with the extra demand, and the loss of green space would change the feel of the area.

There were also concerns that extra traffic along Grove Lane would be dangerous for people who used the road but Endurance Estates said amendments to the plan were “build outs” to stop rat-run problems.

Councillors agreed a condition to make Grove Lane access only for residents and visitors, among other conditions including more affordable homes and town parking.

Member John Blythe said without Gresham’s Holt would “die”.

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