Controversial Dickleburgh housing bid is deferred after committee raises concerns over road safety issues

The field off Harvey Lane, on the left just past Limmer Avenue in Dickleburgh where there is a propo

The field off Harvey Lane, on the left just past Limmer Avenue in Dickleburgh where there is a proposal to build new homes. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A controversial bid to build 22 houses in a village has been deferred by councillors for road safety issues to be discussed.

The application from Hopkins Homes to build the houses on land to the north of Harvey Lane in Dickleburgh, near Diss, had been met with strong opposition from residents and the parish council.

Around 20 members of the community attended South Norfolk Council's Development Management Committee meeting to voice their concerns.

Issues raised included the width of the footpaths, the introduction of a pedestrian margin (a white line drawn on the road to indicate where pedestrians can walk) and increase of traffic on the narrow Harvey Lane on which Dickleburgh Primary School is situated.

Resident Alex Blanshard spoke to the committee and said she walks her three children to school along the lane and has concerns about their safety.

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She said: 'Harvey Lane is a narrow country lane at most points two cars cannot pass at the same time. I encounter many incidents with speeding traffic and every day I fear for the safety of my children walking to school.

'This application will exasperate an already serious and dangerous situation.'

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The site is allocated for development.

Hopkin Homes made amendments to the original application which will include the widening part of Harvey Lane and improvement work to the junction at Harvey Lane and The Street.

Chris Smith, development planner from Hopkin Homes, said the new housing would not change or exasperate the problems on the lane.

He said: 'We have worked tirelessly with the highway authority where we have a package of offers which are acceptable.'

The committee raised their concerns over the safety aspect of the pedestrian margin and were unanimous in deferring their decision to look at all the options available to make the route safer.

Councillor Clayton Hudson, who was speaking as a substitute local member, said: 'I think it is an excellent decision and I hope this now affords the parish council, highways and the applicant to sit down and come forward on a proposal which allows safe options for pedestrians and for the school.'

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