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Reader Letter: Plans need to be made for dealing with a population rise

PUBLISHED: 14:24 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:28 21 June 2018

Houses in North Walsham in 2003. PHOTO: Archant

Houses in North Walsham in 2003. PHOTO: Archant

One reader thinks North Walsham needs to think carefully about building new houses. What do you think?

I read with interest the article (June 6) about the building of an additional 2,000 houses to the west of North Walsham.

The article did consider the need for additional infrastructure such as doctors and schools. I have to agree but the additional properties being built to the west of the town will potentially take away any opportunity the town has for a bypass from the Norwich Road to the industrial estate.

As a town we have seen businesses leaving due to transport links. With the building of the northern distributor route around Norwich, the town has an opportunity to develop the industrial estate further

and see important jobs within the town.

Aylsham Road is obviously in need of attention and will be a major consideration in the planning for any new properties. A bypass from Norwich Road will aid this area of the town that suffers with a dangerous main road.

Building is also being considered at the end of Mundesley Road, access will also be an issue here.

New homes will increase the traffic and that traffic will need to get in and around the town.

The only way for the town to handle this is to add a bypass, by connecting the Norwich Road near Toll Barn Vets through to Wayside Farm and then across the Aylsham Road to the old Merrick Wire Ropes site. From then onward over the railway line and to come out and connect up at the Drurys site by the bypass, North Walsham side of the Quaker burial ground.

This route would allow access for HGVs into town and the industrial estate. The current dangerous narrow Aylsham Road can be avoided to get into town, the Milfield Estate could stop being a rat-run through to the Norwich Road from the west of the town.

All this will not be possible if we fill the whole route with housing. There may be lots of other options for this that should rightly be considered, but let’s not miss out on the opportunities that could come from a bypass.

As a community North Walsham needs to decide now how it will handle the increase in the number of people living here, doctors, schools and essential services. We also need to consider, before the opportunity is lost, the potential for any future bypass and perhaps ask the building firms to add to the pot for a bypass and the further development of our town.

Do you agree with our reader? Let us know in the comments below or write to us at edpletters@archant.co.uk

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