Developer says it will not support Sprowston skate park plans

Norfolk Homes' design for the skate park

Norfolk Homes' design for the skate park - Credit: Archant

A housing developer has said it will not support council plans for a new skate park due to objections from people living nearby.

Norfolk Homes had agreed to give Sprowston Town Council £100,000 for the park to be built on an area of land off Blue Boar Lane.

But the proposals were criticised by people living at Manor Reach in Sprowston due to concerns about noise and anti-social behaviour.

Developers then offered the council £50,000 to build a skate park in another location, and a further £50,000 for additional play equipment or landscaping.

However, members last week voted to continue with original plans for the park due to a large amount of support from younger people.

Norfolk Homes, which owns the land the facility could be built on, has now said it would object to any submitted application.

James Nicholls, development manager, said: 'We do feel a great deal of sympathy for the residents because none of them really want it, but the application is still going ahead.

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'The town council will have to be the applicant for the skate park and we will object to it because we have a duty of care to the residents.'

A town council spokesman said the decision followed a 'lengthy' debate and petitions were received both for and against proposals. But it resulted in the council accepting Norfolk Homes' original £100,000 offer.

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