Hundreds of sites where new homes could be built in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk revealed
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The locations where thousands of new homes could be built in Norwich, South Norfolk and Broadland over the next two decades have been revealed.
More than 9,500 acres of land, which would accommodate some 70,000 houses, has been put forward by landowners after they approached by council bosses to suggest potential development sites.
And places like Wymondham, Costessey, Easton, Honingham, Hethersett, Cringleford and Little Melton are among the towns and villages where landowners have put forward the largest amount of land for possible housing development.
About 500 sites have been put forward after Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council invited landowners, developers and agents to suggest land which could be used for housing, as well as employment and community uses, as part of a major blueprint known as the Greater Norwich Local Plan.
Council bosses say sites need to be identified because the area will need to cope with future growth by 2036 - of about 12,000 homes.
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But council leaders stress far more sites have been submitted than will be needed for housing and each site will need to be carefully assessed for suitability. Planning applications will also have to be approved before homes are built.
Very few sites came forward in the Norwich City Council area - just 126 acres, which includes the proposals for more than a thousand homes at Anglia Square.
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In South Norfolk, more than 5,200 acres of land have been forward and more than 4,100 in Broadland. The pattern of sites shows a much greater number of small sites in more rural locations within South Norfolk, which has about double the number of sites submitted in Broadland.
Wymondham, including Spooner Row, was the place where the largest amount of land, by area, was put forward,. About 1,300 acres offered up, while there was a similar figure to the west of Norwich in Costessey, Easton and Honingham.
Other areas where significant amounts of land were put forward include Cringelford, Hethersett and Little Melton (1,000 acres), the north east growth triangle, which includes Salhouse and Rackheath (642 acres) and Hellesdon, Horsford and St Faiths (617 acres).
John Fuller, leader of South Norfolk Council, said: 'We shouldn't be surprised that when you ask landowners have they got land, they put land forward for building.
'It's the role of councils to listen, but not necessarily agree to their requests. A preliminary analysis has shown about seven times more land has been forward for building than is necessary.
'People can be reassured that, just because land is promoted, doesn't mean the councils will agree it should be developed.'
Andrew Boswell, leader of the Green group at Norfolk County Council, said housing needed to be sustainable and much more emphasis needed to be put on that during analysis of sites.