New homes, school car park and commercial buildings could be on the way for Hoveton

Hoveton village sign in springPHOTO: Alex HurrellFOR: NNNDATE: 05/05/2005

Hoveton village sign in springPHOTO: Alex HurrellFOR: NNNDATE: 05/05/2005

A Broads village could welcome new homes, a bigger school car park and new commercial space if three linked planning schemes are given the go-ahead.

The bid by FW Properties would see 31 homes built off Horning Road in Hoveton, a new car park added to St John's Primary School down the road and four commercial buildings just south of the Stalham Road industrial estate.

Hoveton Parish Council is due to discuss the application, which has been lodged with North Norfolk District Council, at its meeting tonight.

In a planning statement, the developers say the scheme will 'deliver a package of community and economic benefits' for the village.

Sales of the homes will provide the funding for the commercial buildings - three of which will be two-storey - and the 60-space car park, which is hoped to bring an end to congestion at drop-off and pick-up times.

According to the statement, the commercial buildings would house local business Benthic Solutions Limited, a marine environmental consultant currently based in the village.

'They were set up in Hoveton and wish to remain there as they have an established base and link to suppliers in Hoveton,' the report says.

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In September last year, almost 80 residents of the village attended a public exhibition held by the developers.

The additional traffic from the new homes, the impact on the rural character of the village and the stretch on local services were among the concerns raised.

But FW Properties say vehicles from the commercial buildings will be a 'relatively modest addition' to the road network, while the effect of additional traffic from the new housing development will not be felt as much thanks to the new car park.

The three schemes are linked, meaning if one is turned down by the district council, the overall vision will not go ahead.

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