Search

Housing scheme battle goes on

PUBLISHED: 09:28 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:04 22 October 2010

Opponents of a controversial 65-home affordable housing scheme in Dereham have vowed to "fight even harder than before" after a fresh bid was launched for approval.

Opponents of a controversial 65-home affordable housing scheme in Dereham have vowed to "fight even harder than before" after a fresh bid was launched for approval.

Broadland Housing Assoc-iation has submitted slightly revised plans to redevelop the former Coco's nightclub site off Norwich Road and lodged an appeal against Breckland Council's refusal of its original plans in March.

Members rejected the scheme despite support from planning officers.

Objectors argue the site is totally unsuitable and would create more traffic problems on Norwich Road near Neatherd High School.

There are also calls for the land to be made available for the growing school.

A 230-name petition was collected before the first plan was refused and residents want to get even more this time.

The housing association said the plans have been redesigned to keep 65 homes but to reduce the number of three-storey properties and to move taller buildings away from the edge of the development.

Campaigners said the housing association was "only tinkering" with the £6.5m scheme and making "cosmetic changes."

Bill Gravitt, of Neatherd Moor, who is one of the leading opponents, said: "It is a case of spot the difference. The changes are so small you can hardly see them."

As reported in the EDP, Broadland Housing's assistant director of development Andrew Savage said they had taken the neighbours' thoughts into account with the revised application and the development would not make the traffic situation worse.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Eastern Daily Press. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press