Plans submitted for 250 homes and community facilities new homes in Aylsham

Money towards schools, allotments, and greener travel is being offered as part of a scheme to develop 250 new homes in Aylsham which would lead to the expansion of the town's football club.

The 40-acre site identified for the development is on land to the west of St Michael's Hospital, owned by the Youngs family.

Nick Youngs, who owns the land with his brother, William, is the father of England Rugby Union star Ben Youngs,

They are 'gifting' 20 acres to be used by Aylsham Football Club and other community organisations, and also �500,000 to kick-start the development of facilities there for use by local people and other organisations, including Aylsham St Giles Cricket Club, as well as the football club.

But that can only happen if a plan for 250 homes, 75 of which will be affordable housing, on the rest of the land is given the go-ahead.

When plans for homes on the site were first put forward in 2009, it caused controversy, with concerns about road safety and the town's sewerage system, which was already at capacity.

But architects Chaplin Farrant, who are designing the scheme, believe they have answered those concerns, with new plans showing moves to improve road access and the construction of an environmentally-friendly waste water treatment plant in the north east area of the site.

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The plans, which also include a private water treatment plant to deal with the issue of foul and surface water drainage, have now been lodged with Broadland District Council.

The planning documents state: 'This proposal is underpinned by the need to provide Aylsham with significantly improved facilities including a 20 acre site for pitches and much needed recreational and community facilities, as well as changing rooms, for the town.'

As part of the plans, a �1.48m education contribution is also proposed, which should be made available to the local schools.

In addition to the 20 acres of playing fields being made available, public open space will be provided on the site – together with allotments.

The applicants say to ensure this does not become a burden to the town or district council, a maintenance contribution of �375,000 will be paid and a further �100,000 made available for play equipment.

A green travel plan will also be prepared, encouraging people who move into the new development to use cycles or buses. The applicants are proposing to put �175,000 towards this. They also intend to improve access routes into and out of the new housing development.

Chaplin Farrant say in the application that support has come from various organisations and bodies, including the local cricket club, tennis club, youth boxing club and netball club.

They say that support has also been received from the Aylsham Traders Association, Aylsham Sport and Leisure and ACT (Aylsham Care Trust).

A 249 signature petition is also included with the planning application, supporting the football club facilities and the residential development as a means of achieving this.