Controversial Dickleburgh housing bid will come before planning committee once again today

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 will once again be discussed at South Norfolk Council's Development Management meeting today.

The proposed application from Hopkins Homes is for 22 homes to be built on a site just North of Harvey Lane in Dickleburgh.

As a service village the Dickleburgh site is allocated for development but the plans have met with fierce opposition from residents and the parish council.

The application was previously deferred to allow councillors to discuss road safety issues, particularly in relation to a proposed 'white line' which would run along the road marking a 'pedestrian margin'.

The site's proximity to Dickleburgh Primary school and fears that increased traffic on Harvey Lane will endanger children and parents walking to and from the school have been the main cause of opposition to the plans.


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In a letter to Tim Horspole, director of growth and localism at South Norfolk Council, MP for South Norfolk Richard Bacon expressed his fears that: 'not enough effort has been put into keeping pedestrians on Harvey Lane safe, particularly when those pedestrians are children walking to school'

Mr Bacon whose own children attend the Dickleburgh VC Primary School goes onto to say: 'I have seen firsthand the conditions which pedestrians already contend with'.

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Miss Alex Blanshard one of the residents against the proposal and creator of an online petition against the plans said;

'I'm confident that the right decision will be made today and hopefully common sense will prevail'

Following an initial deferment of the plans in December 2016 Hopkins Homes made alterations to the proposed plans including supporting the extension to the existing 30mph speed limit along the front of the site and the extension of an existing footpath on the Southern side of Harvey lane near the village hall.

The plans will be discussed at the South Norfolk Council Management Committee, Wednesday March 1.

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