Campaigners present 2,500 signature petition against Brundall homes

Nicola Millbank, front left, co-ordinator of the Brundall Says No group, hands over the 2530 signatu

Nicola Millbank, front left, co-ordinator of the Brundall Says No group, hands over the 2530 signature petition against plans for 100 new homes, to Joanne Shirling-Rooke, front right, information officer at Broadland District Council. From left, Steven Millbank; leader of the council, Andrew Proctor; Bob Cole; and Merri Ryan. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Campaigners fighting to stop 170 homes from being built in a Norfolk village have presented a petition signed by more than 2,500 people who are opposed to the plans.

And the Brundall Says No campaign group has urged villagers against the proposal for homes, on land to the east of the memorial hall, to attend a public meeting about the plans on Monday night.

Developer Quantum Land is proposing to build a 'new neighbourhood' on the 42 acre site, north of Meadow View, but more than half the village's population have objected.

They say that the village has already had its fair share of development and they would rather see the creation of a central green space for recreation.

The plans have been lodged with Broadland District Council and, yesterday, campaigners went to the authority's Thorpe Lodge headquarters to present the 2,530 signature petition. Of the signatures, 728 were online and 1,802 were handwritten.

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Nicola Millbank, co-ordinator of the Brundall Says No group, said she felt it was important that the petition was presented in person.

She said: 'We feel it gives a human element to the petition rather than us just submitting it electronically. This is hugely important to us. It's about keeping the village aware of what's going on and keeping it high profile. We feel so strongly.'

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Her husband Steve said: 'This is being proposed on top of so much other development around Brundall and Blofield. We are really not NIMBYs and we realise Broadland has to have development, but we feel we will have had our fair share.'

Developers Quantum Land said they would deliver 'much needed' retirement and affordable housing to the area, along with new recreational facilities and a country park.'

They say their proposals support the policies of the Brundall Neighbourhood Plan and say the Broadland Housing strategy 'shows the district has a difficulty in delivering affordable housing, with a shortage of available and suitable sites'.

Representatives from Quantum Land have been invited to a public meeting, where villagers will be able to express their feelings about the proposal, in The St Laurence Centre in Brundall at 7pm on Monday.

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