Concerned residents to meet MP Keith Simpson over Aylsham homes and pitches plan

Residents in Aylsham worried about plans close to their homes, which include 250 homes and nine football pitches, are due to discuss their concerns with Broadland MP Keith Simpson on Thursday.

The proposal, by local farming family the Youngs, also includes a clubhouse and a water treatment plant on land near Woodgate Farm, close to the St Michael's Place redevelopment of the Aylsham hospital site.

A separate planning application has been submitted to Broadland District Council for 300 new homes, public open space and the expansion of Aylsham High School, including a new football pitch, by developers Welbeck Strategic Land.

Cathy Warnock, one of the concerned St Michael's Place residents, said access to the Youngs plan was on the narrow, winding, Cawston Road and local residents had grave concerns.

'We understand there was some local consultation on finding a suitable site about two years ago. We have been knocking on doors locally and residents are in shock about the size of the football club's plans and have concerns that the present infrastructure just cannot cope,' she said.

'We are also concerned about the adverse effect the development could have on the Marriott's Way and its natural beauty.

'These are major proposals for Aylsham and proper consideration is needed to weigh up the merits of both sets of plans.'

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