New 380-home development near Norwich could turn Thorpe End into suburb

Part of the 380 home development will take up a field between John Faircloth Ltd and Castle Carvery.

Part of the 380 home development will take up a field between John Faircloth Ltd and Castle Carvery. - Credit: Archant

A new 380-home development will result in a small village becoming another suburb of the city, a councillor has warned.

United Business and Leisure Limited is seeking permission to build the houses on land to the south of Salhouse Road, near Norwich.

Should it go ahead, it will cover two fields located next to a recently approved development for 803 homes off the same stretch of road.

The two schemes both back onto the nearby village of Thorpe End, which is situated further south on Plumstead Road.

Andrew Cawdron, Thorpe End ward councillor for Great Plumstead Parish Council, fears the developments will lead to the 'suburbanization' of the village.

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He said: 'It [new housing] is not only coming from the north on Salhouse Road, but also from the south of the village. It is going to be a radical change to the area. We are being steadily suburbanized and I don't think there is much we can do about it.'

The proposed development will see a new vehicle access built off Salhouse Road, as well as a cycle route leading through to Plumstead Road.

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Documents submitted to Broadland District Council show the new homes near to Salhouse Road will be three to four-storeys high.

Meanwhile, two-storey homes will be constructed near to where the site backs onto Thorpe End.

A drainage basin has also been proposed for a corner of the development.

But Mr Cawdron said it was key that the village was supported by appropriate infrastructure.

'I am already waiting three to four weeks to get an appointment with a doctor, so it is important that there is suitable provision in place,' he said.

• Do you live in Thorpe End and have a view on the proposals? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684 or email

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