Thorpe St Andrew councillors support campaigners on Pinebanks housing row

Residents on Hillcrest Road, Thorpe St Andrew, are unhappy about developers plans to build a traffic

Residents on Hillcrest Road, Thorpe St Andrew, are unhappy about developers plans to build a traffic entrance to the Pinebanks site on their already narrow road.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A community campaign to stop a major housing development going ahead with just one entrance has won support from town councillors.

Plans for 231 homes on the Pinebanks site in Thorpe St Andrew has already got permission with two access points.

But this month land owners Berliet submitted a revision after it emerged a covenant covers the entry point on Henby Way. That change has proved unpopular with people in the area who worry about the concentration of traffic in one area.

On Monday night Thorpe St Andrew town council's planning committee supported their battle by rejecting the amendment.

Now the decision on whether to allow the developers to start building with Hillcrest Road as the sole entrance now rests with Broadland District Council.

Garage manager Philip Clay, 44, of Hillcrest Road, has been leading the fight to stop 1,280 vehicles passing through his road between 7am and 7pm.

He said: 'It's really positive that the town council agreed with us. But I am keen that the campaign does not relax, we must now get our objection letters into Broadland District Council and do not lose momentum.'

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Ocubis, development managers for site owners, say they want to start building as soon as possible to deliver 'much-needed new homes' and help first time buyers. They have also promised £3.5m for sports facilities.

A spokesman said: 'Whilst we appreciate some of the concerns of our immediate neighbours, the capacity analysis clearly demonstrates that the extra traffic that would be generated on the adjacent roads is within acceptable limits.'

But many say buses already struggle to navigate the streets and worry what the extra traffic will mean for the area.

The retrospective application to partially demolish the area hit by fire was approved by members.

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