Deadline extended on Mulbarton 180 homes consultation

Fears have been raised that a South Norfolk village will be 'clobbered' with overdevelopment under plans for 180 new homes.

Parish councillors in Mulbarton have raised their concerns over the proposals for a greenfield site on the edge of the village, which they say will exacerbate traffic problems and overstretch local health services and school places.

A parish council meeting will be held at Mulbarton Village Hall from 7pm on Monday to discuss the proposals for land at Long Lane by Welbeck Strategic Land. And parish councillors say they have so far had 100pc support from local residents to a petition that has been formed in opposition to the scheme.

It comes as South Norfolk Council have extended the public consultation deadline on the outline planning application until February 20.

However, Peter Leigh, chairman of Mulbarton Parish Council, said there was a feeling amongst some villagers that the 180 home development was already a 'done deal' because of a need to fill a quota for thousands of new homes in the district as set by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership's Joint Core Strategy.

'There are areas we have identified for small infill developments and people in general would be happy with that. To plonk another development of this size is absolutely ridiculous. We have been clobbered over the years and enough is enough. We have taken a responsible attitude that we will take some houses, but this is totally disproportionate,' he said.

Objectors to the latest expansion plans for Mulbarton say that Long Lane is too narrow to accommodate 180 homes and the scheme is outside the development boundary.

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In an application submitted to South Norfolk Council, agent Ed Hanson, of Barton Willmore, said the proposals would help meet a five year land supply shortage identified by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership.

He added that Mulbarton was classed as a 'service village' and was a 'sustainable' location to accommodate more growth.

'The site is beyond the existing settlement boundary and is currently classified as greenfield. However, due to the topography, surrounding development and landscaping, it is not prominent in the wider landscape and residential development can be satisfactorily accommodated,' he said.

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