Masterplan revealed for proposed Mulbarton housing site

Mulbarton residents have been given a first glimpse of what a major new housing development in the village could look like.

Planning consultants John Thompson and Partners (JTP), on behalf of developers Welbeck Land and Landform, revealed their vision for up to 180 new homes on land off Long Lane during a public meeting last night.

The masterplan was put together with information gathered from a community planning day held in Mulbarton on September 10.

The proposals have met with strong opposition from several residents and the parish council, who raised fears about the impact on services, traffic levels and the village's character.

At the end of the presentation, Peter Leigh, chairman of the parish council, presented JTP staff with a folder containing the views of scores of residents – many of which believe any development should be focused towards the north of the village with its easier access to the B1113.

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The presented masterplan included 172 new homes in varying densities around the 13.7 hectare (33.8 acres) site, with landscape features including ponds, hedgerows and a large green open space.

JTP argued that other sites were inappropriate for development due to their proximity to a conservation area, flood risks and lack of interest from landowners.

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The Joint Core Strategy, adopted by South Norfolk Council, identifies Mulbarton as a 'service village' suitable for an additional 10 to 20 new homes over the next 15 years, but it could have to accommodate a share of 1,800 'floating' homes still to be allocated in the district.

Charles Campion, of JTP, said: 'If more housing is built – and many people accept it will – the question is where should it be built? Welbeck Land and Landform have chosen this site due to its lesser landscape impact, there's vehicular access and it's deliverable, ie the landowner wants it to be developed.'

A formal planning application has yet to be submitted.

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