Holt council to make roundabout demand amid fresh anger over Peacock Lane housing plan

Holt is set to flex its muscles and push for a roundabout on a difficult junction as part of the deal that could deliver a controversial 85-home development on the edge of the town.

Landform Holt has drafted a proposed section 106 agreement, which outlines what it is prepared to give to the town as a pay-off for developing the eight-acre site to the north of Peacock Lane.

But Holt Town Council wants a larger cash contribution towards playing fields, more money to go to North Norfolk District Council for car parking - and the reinstatement of a hoped-for mini-roundabout on the Cromer Road and Kelling Road junction.

The land was allocated for housing development in the Local Development Framework by a government inspector, who favoured it ahead of land near Gresham's School.

Landform's section 106 offer includes:

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? �10,000 each to the King George V recreation ground and Holt Playing Fields Association, to be paid to the district council once more than half of 'open market dwellings' are occupied

? �30,000 to the district council before any houses are occupied, in compensation for the removal of car parking spaces on Cley Road

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? �10,000 to Norfolk County Council before any houses are occupied, to fund improvements in the Peacock Lane area, including lighting and seating

? Improvements to the Cromer Road/Kelling Road and Cromer Road/Grove Lane junctions - but not a mini-roundabout.

An application for outline planning permission for 85 houses on the site has been submitted to the district council, but is not likely to be discussed until November. The detailed plans are expected next spring.

On Wednesday, dozens of people turned out as Landform staged a public exhibition of its plans at Holt Community Centre on Kerridge Way.

At Monday's town council meeting, members decided to not debate the planning application in detail until their October meeting.

But the section 106 agreement was the subject of a lengthy discussion.

Town clerk Di Dann was 'very concerned' that the contribution to the town's playing fields was subject to 50pc of houses being sold. She said there was a danger that they would be rented and the money would not come.

Vice chairman John Allison said the offer of �10,000 for each playing field would 'not cover' the �46,000 needed to upgrade play equipment at the King George V field.

Elizabeth Traynier said: 'We are letting them off having to build their own playing field. Let's make sure they put a decent bit in.'

John Blyth said the offers amounted to 'peanuts compared to what they are going to get for the houses'. He called for renegotiation to begin 'straight away'.

Martin Batey said pressure needed to be put on the county council to 'do something' about the Cromer Road/Kelling Road junction, as the new development meant more traffic would be going and going.

The council agreed to write to North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, the county council and the district council to ask for the agreement to be re-drafted and for the roundabout to be included.

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