Opposition mounts to Attleborough homes plan
10:32 18 October 2012
Plans to build 375 new homes on the edge of a Norfolk town have attracted opposition from local residents concerned the scheme pre-empts an area action plan for the town.
So far, nine people have written to Breckland Council objecting to Taylor Wimpey’s proposal for the houses on the south west fringe of the town prior to the completion of the Attleborough and Snetterton Heath Area Action Plan (ASHAAP), designed to establish development sites within the town in consultation with the public.
One of the objectors, Stephen Hall, of Hargham Road, Attleborough feared the council would not refuse the application due to the likely costs involved if the developer decided to appeal the decision.
In a letter to the council, he worried roads, footpaths and cycleways were insufficient to support the development and the town was unlikely to get enough funding from the developers to cover the £100m cost of providing the improved road and path infrastructure.
The town has been earmarked for 4,000 homes by 2026, but Mr Hall said a quarter of these homes had already been completed before the arrival of the new Community Infrastructure Levy, which will give councils the power to charge developers for infrastructure improvements.
He feared in order to meet the £100m needed, the council would have to increase the number of homes for the town to 6,500 which would be unacceptable to Attleborough residents.
He added: “This is about the community being rode roughshod over by Breckland Council and the local government framework.
“The development issues don’t bother me anyway. It is the principle of the matter that until the ASHAAP is complete then it can not be a public consultation when developers keep putting in applications and they keep being approved.”
The planned “new neighbourhood” will be on 10ha of land, including 12,000sqm of employment floorspace on almost 4ha of greenfield land.
In a design and access statement submitted to Breckland, the developer said the existing road network could accommodate the extra traffic and there would be two junctions serving the London Road homes and an extra one serving the employment area.
It said that a travel plan had been prepared to reduce single car occupancy use to the residential site and improved pedestrian and cycle links to the town centre were provided.
The proposals include 39 allotments over 1ha and 2.34ha of public open space, including junior football pitch and are due to be considered by Breckland Council on November 26.