Third housing site a step too far for Aylsham?

An application to build more than 250 homes in Aylsham is a development too far, town councillor have ruled.

Norfolk Homes wants to build 250 flats and houses on a site behind and between the Aylsham Lodge hotel and the A140 roundabout, bordering Copeman Road and Buxton Road.

The outline application, which hints at the added possibility of a petrol station, is the third application for a major development in Aylsham in less than a year. It means that developers are now vying to build a total of 800 new homes in Aylsham, where the current population is 6,000.

Aylsham town councillors voted to oppose the development during their October meeting. They agreed it was the most favourable of the three proposals but felt the applicants had 'missed the boat'.

Councillor David Harrison said: 'If it had come first out of the long queue I would have said fine but enough is enough.'

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Councillor Mathew Martin added: 'It is the best site in Aylsham but when will it stop? Will we join up with North Walsham?'

Broadland District Council has already approved plans for 250 homes, 10 football pitches and a clubhouse on farmland off Cawston Road, submitted by Youngs Farms, run by the family of England rugby star Ben Youngs.

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And Welbeck's revised plans for land north of Sir Williams's Lane are expected to go before BDC planners at their meeting on November 7.

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