Campaign group in common sense call over building new homes

Scenic view through the verge across the Norfolk countryside. Picture: James Bass

Scenic view through the verge across the Norfolk countryside. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2013

Countryside campaigners will this week join the growing debate over where housing should be built in Norfolk by unveiling their vision to protect the county from over-development.

Chris Dady.

Chris Dady.

Councils have set targets to build more than 50,000 new homes in Norfolk over the next decade, but the county branch of the Campaign To Protect Rural England says sites for more than 100,000 new houses have already been allocated or granted permission.

They say that at the current rate of building, it would take over 30 years to build these dwellings - and question whether the types of homes being built are the right type for people who need housing.

At their annual meeting this week, the CPRE will launch its new campaign Vision For Norfolk, which they say calls for a commonsense and practical approach to development in the county and protection of the countryside.

Christopher Dady, chairman of CPRE Norfolk, said: 'This important new campaign provides some much-needed joined-up thinking and offers straightforward solutions to tackle the challenges currently threatening the Norfolk countryside.

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'We are keen to get a county-wide debate started and look forward to welcoming members of the public as well as our CPRE members.'

The CPRE has invited MPs, senior councillors, planners, developers, architects, designers, environmental groups and others to the event.

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The debate over housing has intensified in recent weeks. Leaders of councils in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk have differing opinions on where extra housing in the Greater Norwich area should be focused.

And South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon hosted a conference called How Should Norfolk Grow? which suggested a drive to get people self-building their homes could fix the 'broken' housing system.

The CPRE meeting will take place in The Hostry of Norwich Cathedral from 5pm tomorrow and everybody is welcome.

What do you think? Do you think Norfolk needs so many new homes? Where do you think they should be built? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email

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