Dickleburgh homes bid meets opposition

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 bid to build more than 20 homes in a Norfolk village has met stiff opposition over fears the development will pose a road safety risk.

Hopkins Homes has put in a planning application to South Norfolk Council to build 22 homes in Dickleburgh, near Diss.

The plan for the land to the north of Harvey Lane includes seven affordable homes and the construction of a vehicular access and pedestrian point.

Hopkins Homes' submission has led to more than 40 objections from residents and the parish council and the friends of the village primary school have raised their strong concerns over the increase in traffic if the scheme is approved.

A report by Dickleburgh and Rushall Parish Council says there are about 60 properties which have access to Harvey Lane and the homes would lead to a 35pc increase.

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It says there will be a minimum of 200 new vehicle movements per day and highlights how Harvey Lane is heavily used by people going to the pre-school and primary school, village centre, sports field, social and bowls clubs and children's play area.

A survey on March 21 showed there were 82 cars using the road between 3pm and 4pm.

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In its objection the parish council states: 'This development proposal will have a significant unavoidable impact upon the village.

'Its location and the road infrastructure constraints will only heighten the risk to the health and safety of all road users.'

The Friends of Dickleburgh School have also objected.

A statement from Clare Cowan, vice chairman, said: 'The additional traffic would present a serious risk to the children as well as making the learning environment more unpleasant.'

Hopkins Homes says its plan is based on a good understanding of local character and in the past it has delivered developments that respect and improve neighbourhoods.

Is your community fighting a contentious planning application? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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