Brundall boat building firm’s new supermarket and homes proposal recommended for approval

A rough map showing where the homes and supermarket could be built in Brundall. Photo: Google

A rough map showing where the homes and supermarket could be built in Brundall. Photo: Google - Credit: Archant

A boat building firm's plans for a new supermarket and 155 new homes have been recommended for approval.

Broom Boats and Norfolk Land is seeking outline planning permission to build on two parcels of land in Brundall and Postwick.

The scheme, which goes before Broadland District Council's planning committee on Wednesday, could see a 2,500sqm supermarket built between the A47 trunk road and Yarmouth Road in Postwick.

A further 155 homes - reduced from 192 homes in the original application - would be built on land south of Yarmouth Road and north of Berryfields in Brundall.

The scheme has raised some concerns around the village's ability to cope with hundreds of new residents.

In terms of education, Norfolk County Council's infrastructure planner said Brundall School is likely to exceed its capacity in the future.

A statement from the department said a further 100 places would be needed at the school in order to cope with already approved development in the village.

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Meanwhile, Brundall Parish Council has objected to the scheme, stating the site is allocated for recreation in its neighbourhood plan.

The council said 1.65 hectares of land is required for it to build a full-size football pitch, which cannot be achieved under the current proposals.

Earlier this year it was granted permission to use a Compulsory Purchase Order on the site should negotiations fail with the developer.

The applicant has proposed to provide 1.12 hectares of formal open space.

In regard to the supermarket, planning papers state that an operator has not been named. However, it claims the applicant has received interest from various grocery operators.

Joint applicant Broom Boats Ltd, which is located in Brundall, said it required 'significant' investment to support the growth of its boat building business.

A planning officer appraisal said: 'The application has been submitted as a mechanism to help deliver this investment.

'This, the applicants argue, would result in positive economic benefits for the village by securing existing employment.'

The scheme will be considered by Broadland's planning committee on Wednesday, November 29.