Concern over 900 homes bid for Easton

Visitors examining the proposals for the new homes development in Easton which were on show in the v

Visitors examining the proposals for the new homes development in Easton which were on show in the village hall in March 2014. Photo by Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Concerns have been raised over proposals which would more than double the size of a village near Norwich.

There have been up to 60 objections submitted to South Norfolk Council, over plans which would see 907 homes built in Easton.

Plans also include an extended primary school, a new village hall, a shop and a relocated larger allotment.

The homes would be built on either side of Dereham Road. The most recent figures by Easton Parish Council said that there are 614 households in the village.

Tom Butler, 38, Stearn Close, said: 'I am more against the size of the project rather than the idea of bringing new homes.

'I can't see how the area with its current facilities would be able to withstand the scale of extra homes.

'The school is full up, it takes three weeks to book a doctor's appointment and the already congested road system would be utter chaos with the extra traffic the homes would bring.'

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South Norfolk Council sent out notices to what they viewed as the 100 'most affected' homes by the project, to get their opinions.

A resident from Buxton Close, Easton, said: 'If you are increasing the village size by more than double, isn't the whole village affected. Notices should be issued to the whole village.'

Chloe White, of Buxton Close, Easton, added: 'If they spread out the housing and every village has a few new houses it will lesson the impact. There is no need whatsoever to cram Easton full of new high density housing which will destroy our community spirt, beautiful views and wildlife.'

The scheme was put forward by a consortium of landowners including Easton and Otley College, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance and the Rampton Property Trust.

Parish councillors will be at Easton Village Hall this morning from 9 to 12 to listen to villager's objections, before it is discussed at the hall at the Easton Parish Council meeting on Monday, February 9, at 7.30pm.

There is a deadline of February 11, for objections to be made.