'Please listen to us' - residents' worries over homes scheme
PUBLISHED: 12:21 28 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:31 28 October 2018
"Please listen to our concerns and change your plans."
That is the plea from concerned residents of a Great Yarmouth road after a planning bid to build 76 homes on the Northgate Hospital site was lodged with the borough council.
G and C Homes wants to build 76 properties on empty land on the site on the corner of Northgate Street and Beaconsfield Road, with the properties aimed at first time buyers and those using the help-to buy-scheme. A fifth of the 76 will be affordable homes.
However the plans have met stiff opposition from residents of Beaconsfield Road who fear three-storey buildings will over look their properties and will cause road chaos, with a new roundabout built by the only entrance point to the proposed development in their road.
On Saturday a group of residents came together to highlight their concerns.
As well as lodging their objections with Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the group, made up of Jim and Alla Fearon, Sheila Sloggie, Adam Whittaker, David Wilby and Tricia Simmons, discussed setting up a petition and even calling a public meeting to let the developer and planning officials know their concerns.
While they all welcome the need for new homes, they want G and C Homes to move the three-storey buildings further inside the development.
They also demand the removal of the roundabout, the installation of a new 20mph limit on their road and adding another exit point onto Churchill Road for the development instead.
The group are also concerned about the impact on local school places, the GP surgery and parking.
Summing up the mood of the group Mrs Fearon, who has lived in the road for 10 years, said: “We just want to put them to put this on hold and consider our opinions. There are other options.”
Her husband said: “This is going to be a nightmare for traffic and parking. How will this road cope with the extra traffic?”
Michael Coe, owner of G and C Homes, said the plans can not be changed and that residents would be pleased with the outcome if the plans go ahead.
He added the new roundabout was a requirement under highways regulations.
People have until November 16 to comment on the plans.