803 new homes recommended for approval

The John Faircloth sales site on Salhouse Road, near to where an application for 803 new homes has b

The John Faircloth sales site on Salhouse Road, near to where an application for 803 new homes has been made. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Plans for 803 new homes and a primary school have been recommended for approval by council officers.

The development will cover a 91-acre site to the south of Salhouse Road between Sprowston and Thorpe End.

Essex-based RK Properties, John Faircloth, Janet Faircloth and David Smith submitted the original application back in April.

And now Broadland District Council officers have recommended the development for approval prior to it going before a planning committee on January 11.

The proposals include land for a Bus Rapid Transit scheme and a section of orbital link road, which will go from Salhouse Road to Plumstead Road.

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Meanwhile, it is envisaged that the new primary school will accommodate around 420 children.

The application has received 21 letters of objection from people living nearby, raising concern about increased traffic and the loss of views.

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Papers submitted to the council state the new homes will be a mix of semi-detached, detached and terraced properties, ranging from one to three storeys.

It states the houses will be position to open space, which will provide sports and recreational facilities.

The proposals also surround the family-run car garage, Faircloth Cars on Salhouse road.

Owners John and Janet Faircloth, who are part of the consortium behind the new home proposals, said there was no 'immediate' plans to close.

Mrs Faircloth said: 'We have no immediate plans to change things with all the new houses being built in this area and the NDR. We look forward to increased business and working with the community.'

In papers submitted to Broadland, the applicant states the aspiration of the development was to 'create a new neighbourhood within a series of linked existing, enhanced and proposed green spaces that will provide a full range of recreational activities.'

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