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Opposition to homes scheme

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

A controversial scheme to build 65 affordable homes in Dereham will add more than 600 cars a day to a busy school road, a meeting heard yesterday. Town councillors were steadfast in their opposition to Broadland Housing Association's revised plans for the former Coco's nightclub site off Norwich Road.

A controversial scheme to build 65 affordable homes in Dereham will add more than 600 cars a day to a busy school road, a meeting heard yesterday.

Town councillors were steadfast in their opposition to Broadland Housing Association's revised plans for the former Coco's nightclub site off Norwich Road.

The plans meeting heard that about 5,377 vehicles a day use Norwich Road and that the development would see traffic increase by an estimated 11.8pc.

Councillors expressed shock at the additional burden and said it reinforced their argument that the site was unsuitable, particularly as it was so close to Neatherd School.

June Barnes said: "It is incredible to think there will be all those people coming out into this road, it is dangerous."

The association has lodged an appeal against Breckland Council's refusal of its original plans in March.

Robin Goreham said: "Broadland Housing Association are fairly thick-skinned; they got a resounding smack round the earhole last time they presented these plans and here they are three months later presenting the same thing again.

"The issues remain the same - the chronic traffic congestion, the close proximity to the school, total inadequacy of the access and the fact that most people believe that cramming 65 homes on to the site of a former nightclub is completely unwarranted."

Phillip Duigan said there was a severe lack of land around the town's two senior schools for future expansion.

The plans have been redesigned to keep the same number of homes but to reduce the number of three-storey properties and to move taller buildings away from the edge of development.

Members agreed to object to the plans, which will be decided at a future meeting of Breckland Council.


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