Blueprint lodged for 1,000 new homes on edge of Norwich

Hellesdon - Royal Norwich golf club. Photo: Bill Smith

Hellesdon - Royal Norwich golf club. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2012

Controversial plans for up to 1,000 homes and a new primary school on the site of a golf course on the edge of Norwich have been lodged.

Persimmon Homes Anglia wants to build the homes on the Royal Norwich Golf Course in Hellesdon, with the golf club set to switch to Weston Park.

At a public exhibition earlier this year, local people raised concerns the development will lead to further congestion on roads, although the developers have insisted improvements to existing roads will prevent problems.

The scheme, now lodged with Broadland District Council also incorporates a building for medical use.

Martin Davidson, land director of Persimmon Homes, said: 'We believe what has been submitted will provide much needed housing in the area as well as a significant number of jobs over the lifespan of the site's construction and that through payments made under the community infrastructure levy concerns related to the local infrastructure of the area will be addressed.'

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Hellesdon Parish Council has organised its own consultation events, at the Diamond Jubilee Lodge in Wood View Road, from November 30 until December 5, plus a public meeting at Hellesdon High School from 7pm on December 7.

Shelagh Gurney, chairman of Hellesdon Parish Council, said: 'We will formulate a view, along with district councillors, after that.'

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Persimmon has also lodged an application for the remodelling of the Weston Park Golf Course. That would increase it from 18 holes to 27 holes, with a new club house and conference facilities.

Broadland District Council's planning committee is likely to make a decision on both applications early next year.

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