‘Majority’ are against plans for 125 homes in Horsford

District councillor for Horsford, John Starling.

District councillor for Horsford, John Starling.

Plans for 125 new homes are being opposed by the 'majority of people' in a village north of Norwich, a local councillor has said.


- Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

David Wilson Homes is proposing to develop 125 new homes in Horsford and has lodged its plans with Broadland District Council.

The developer is intending to build on the Sharps Hall Farm site, off Mill Lane, and has offered section 106 planning agreements which would see Horsford Junior School, also in Mill Lane, receive £35,000 to improve car parking and traffic flow on the road, while £60,000 is being offered for energy-based improvements, including solar panels, at the village hall in Holt Road.

A new pedestrian crossing is also proposed for Mill Lane but one Horsford resident, John Starling, who is a district and parish councillor for the village, said: 'The majority of people are against it. It's going to be built down Mill Lane, which is a dead-end. All the roads off Holt Road are dead-ends really so it's a case of we don't need any more heavy traffic through the village.'

The plans include 39 affordable homes and some bungalows, after early consultation with Horsford Parish Council raised concerns about young people being unable to buy homes in the village and a need for homes for older people.

The developer also held a public exhibition of the proposal in December which saw 160 people attend and has met with Horsford Junior School governors and Horsford Village Hall's management committee.

Horsford Parish Council chairman Brian Blythe said the plans would be discussed at the council's next monthly meeting, from 7.15pm on Monday, June 3 at the village hall.

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The plans are set to go before Broadland District Council's planning committee in June.