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New industrial estate on edge of Norwich runs into ‘stop the blot’ opposition

PUBLISHED: 08:35 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:35 03 February 2015

Proposed site for a new industrial estate off Ipswich Road.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Proposed site for a new industrial estate off Ipswich Road. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

A new industrial estate could be created on the edge of Norwich, but worried neighbours are opposing what they say will be a blot on the landscape.

Planning consultants Lanpro Services is on the brink of submitting plans to South Norfolk Council for the development on land near Tesco at Harford Bridge.

Their clients MAHB Capital Ltd want to create what they describe as an ‘employment park’ on a triangle of land between the A140 Ipswich Road and the B1113 Mulbarton Road.

They are seeking permission for new offices, industrial space and distribution and storage units on the land, but people living in villages nearby are against the plans.

A group of people who live in Keswick have formed the StopTheBlot campaign group, taking to Twitter and Facebook to oppose the proposals.

Former Norwich City footballer Darren Huckerby, 
who lives in Keswick, has tweeted to his 72,000 Twitter followers to follow @Stoptheblot

Jeremy Cocks, from the group, said: “This development is totally out of keeping with the surrounding 
agricultural land, and would form an ‘island’ of industrial development in an otherwise overwhelmingly rural area.”

He said the Hall Road industrial area, which has empty units, is just around the corner, so there is no need for another industrial estate.

Nobody from the applicants was available at the time of going to press.

A public exhibition into the plans will be held at the Holiday Inn in Ipswich Road tomorrow. It will run from 5.30pm until 8.30pm.

Are you fighting a planning application where you live? 
Call reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375 or email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

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