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Developer seeks to build 205 properties next door to proposed 3,000-home extension to Rackheath

PUBLISHED: 18:48 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:09 11 January 2018

The latest proposals for the village, submitted this month, seek permission to build on a 30-acre site west of Green Lane West. Photo: Google

The latest proposals for the village, submitted this month, seek permission to build on a 30-acre site west of Green Lane West. Photo: Google

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A developer is proposing to build 205 new properties in Rackheath - across the road from a 3,000-home extension to the village.

Fran Whymark, Broadland District CouncillorFran Whymark, Broadland District Councillor

The outline application, submitted by Taylor Wimpey UK, is the latest in a string of large-scale developments being proposed for Rackheath.

In September, Norfolk Homes put in an application for 322 homes on land off Green Lane West, sparking concern that the village could lose its “rural feel”.

And in January 2017, more details emerged about a 3,000-home extension to the north of Rackheath.

The scheme, which could increase to 4,000 properties, is being co-ordinated by Barratt Homes, Building Partnerships and Broadland District Council.

Village sign at Rackheath, possible site of an eco-town; Photo: Bill Smith; Copy: Ed Foss; For: EDP; Archant © 2008; 01603 772434Village sign at Rackheath, possible site of an eco-town; Photo: Bill Smith; Copy: Ed Foss; For: EDP; Archant © 2008; 01603 772434

The latest proposals for the village, submitted this month, seek permission to build on a 30-acre site west of Green Lane West.

Planning papers submitted to Broadland show the development would be split by the new Norwich Northern Distributor Road, which is under construction.

Around 17 acres of the site is defined as “public open space” and includes a children’s play area.

The main access will be from Green Lane West, and an emergency access is proposed on the same stretch of road, but further south.

Carter Jonas, on behalf of Taylor Wimpey, said the development will generate around £1.3m in Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) contributions.

CIL money is provided to local authorities to help fun infrastructure projects.

During a consultation, residents raised concerns about the existing capacity within local schools and health facilities.

They also questioned the amount of traffic the scheme would generate in addition to planned development along Green Lane West.

In response, Taylor Wimpey said an assessment found any the existing roads could cope with increased traffic.

Rackheath parish councillor Fran Whymark, who also sits on Broadland District Council, said: “Most people are at the point now where we know we are going to get major development in the village. It has gone past the point of ‘will we or won’t we’.

“But just when we think we know how much we are getting, even more comes in. And that is what is putting people out.”

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