Families keep up fight over former home of Norfolk cricket

Demolition work to start on the Lakenham thatched cricket pavilion. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Demolition work to start on the Lakenham thatched cricket pavilion. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

Families living near one of Norwich's sporting landmarks say they have not given up their fight over plans to build homes on the site.

Seventy-five homes are due to be built on the old Lakenham Sports and Social Club, near Bracondale, which was once the home of Norfolk cricket.

While permission for the development has been agreed, the specific design and layout of the homes still needs to get approval from Norwich City Council.

And the Lakenham Cricket Ground Residents' Association hope their concerns over the development, which also includes allotments, a playground and a five-a-side football pitch, will be heeded.

They acknowledge the battle to stop Lakenham Pavilion from being knocked down has almost certainly been lost, with Hopkins Homes already given the green light to knock it down and demolition signs put up at the site.

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But Terry Dunning and Julie Moore, from the association, said: 'To inflict possibly another 150 vehicles on narrow Victorian roads, not to mention their visitors, is beyond belief.

'Owners of the allotments will also require parking with their trucks and trailers. Carshalton and Corton roads are already used as 'rat-runs' to get to Bracondale.'

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They have called for a new permit parking zone to be created to help cope with the extra homes, rather than extending the existing zone.

On the loss of the pavilion, they said: 'We are very disappointed that none of our requests have been taken into consideration. The pavilion could have been made into a social centre for Lakenham residents which was also endorsed by The Norwich Society.'

The association had previously campaigned to save the cricket pavilion and had been supported by cricket commentator Henry Blofeld.

Bracondale Residents Association has also raised concerns about the volume of traffic, while Labour city councillor Patrick Manning said the development would heap pressure on parking.

Robert Eburne, strategic land and planning manager at Hopkins Homes, said he respected the concerns, but issues such as access had already been approved. But he said Hopkins Homes would 'look closely' at the issue over parking.

The city council's planning committee had turned down the plans for the site last year.

But Serruys Property Company, which owned the site before selling up to Hopkins Homes, successfully appealed against the decision.

• Are you fighting against a planning application where you live? Call reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375 or email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

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