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Developers look to build 255 new homes and school in Norfolk village

PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:36 31 May 2018

Plans for new homes to be developed behind Brooke Village hall.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Plans for new homes to be developed behind Brooke Village hall. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Developers are hoping to build more than 200 new homes in a Norfolk village.

Plans for new homes to be developed behind Brooke Village hall.
Picture: Nick ButcherPlans for new homes to be developed behind Brooke Village hall. Picture: Nick Butcher

Brooke in south Norfolk could increase in size by 50pc under three proposals for a total of 255 new homes.

The area is only allocated 20 new homes until 2026 in the Greater Norwich Local Plan.

But developers have approached the parish council to massively exceed that.

The largest of the proposals is from FW Properties which hopes to develop a 24-acre site to the east of Norwich Road with 200 houses, a new school and a roundabout.

Two new developments have been planned for 255 new homes in Brooke.
Plans for new homes on High Green, Brooke.
Picture: Nick ButcherTwo new developments have been planned for 255 new homes in Brooke. Plans for new homes on High Green, Brooke. Picture: Nick Butcher

FW Properties declined to comment but e-mails between Brooke Parish Council obtained by this paper report that the homes will generate the extra children needed to build a new 210-place school.

The e-mails also state South Norfolk Council has a shortfall of around 200 homes for its five-year land supply.

The developer would also make a cost contribution to the new school.

Councillor for Brooke and leader of South Norfolk Council John Fuller said: “Four years ago a new school was promised but it never materialised.

“Understandably some are now concerned about the prospect of new homes but nobody knows how many are involved or whether those would be enough to bridge the funding gap to get the school delivered after all. 

“We all have to wait and see what the detailed proposals following negotiations with the county council before we can come to any conclusions.”

Another proposal is at two sites along High Green.

That will see 30 houses and a school with car parking on a 6.7 acre site to the east of Wood Farm and another 25 houses built on the 4.7 acre site of the former doctors surgery next to Astley Cooper Place.

Both of these developments are outside of the Local Plan boundary.

Mr Fuller added: “One thing is for sure though, without the cast iron guarantee of a new school, any development proposals outside the Local Plan boundary would be difficult to justify.”

A public consultation will be held by FW Properties on June 7 in Brooke Village Hall with a Parish Council meeting on June 21.

No planning applications have been submitted.


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