Aylsham Town Council extraordinary meeting to discuss Youngs’ homes and sports facilities plan

An extraordinary meeting of Aylsham Town Council is being held tomorrow evening, Thursday August 11, to discuss planning matters including the controversial Youngs' application for up to 250 homes, a football clubhouse and 10 football pitches outside the town's development boundary.

A number of amendments have been made to the plans and although the official 14-day consultation period ended on August 4, Broadland District Council (BDC) says it will allow anyone to register comments or concerns for as long as possible before the application is considered by its planning committee on as yet undetermined date.

The initial plans, for a 40-acre site near Woodgate Farm, were supported by the town council earlier this year on the casting vote of chairman Eileen Springall.

Objectors had included residents living at the nearby newly-developed St Michael's Court. The scheme has the support of a number of sport and community groups in the town who would benefit from the facilities.

A BDC spokesman said further discussions had led to the applicant making a number of amendments which required further consultation.

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They include changes to the layout of the 10 varying-size pitches, and also cover highways, flood risk and drainage, ecology, trees, energy efficiency, noise, landscape and visual impact.

The meeting, in the town hall council chamber at 7.30pm, will also include a discussion on another scheme which has caused concern in the town; an application for young people's supported housing on Station Road.

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