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'Simply unsustainable' - readers share reaction to plans for 4,000 new Norfolk homes

PUBLISHED: 17:26 16 May 2019

Readers have shared their reaction on social media after the news that a Norfolk council could build up to 4,464 homes in the district over the next 20 years. Pictured, aerial view of residential houses, park and greenery. Photo: Getty/iStock

Readers have shared their reaction on social media after the news that a Norfolk council could build up to 4,464 homes in the district over the next 20 years. Pictured, aerial view of residential houses, park and greenery. Photo: Getty/iStock

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The revelation that a Norfolk council plans to build more than 4,000 new homes in the district has sparked an outpouring of criticism on social media.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) published the first draft of its local plan for the area, and revealed the 26 sites which could see up to 4.464 new homes built by 2036.

Some residents took to social media to express concern over the pace of development, while others said more housing was essential for the district.

Linda Joyce Davis said: "We are known for our beautiful countryside. This will be the start of the end."

Chris Smith commented: "Someone will benefit, but you can bet on it not being the local population."

The north Norfolk draft local plan proposes up to 560 new homes in Fakenham. Photo: North Norfolk District Council Local PlanThe north Norfolk draft local plan proposes up to 560 new homes in Fakenham. Photo: North Norfolk District Council Local Plan

While Chris Casey said: "[We] shouldn't build any more homes in Cromer.

"[It's] bursting at the seams, infrastructure can't cope with any more, and where will they be employed?"

Sam Cranmer added that he felt the development would not meet the needs of local people.

"This amount of building is simply unsustainable in the long term," he said.

The north Norfolk draft local plan proposes a western extension to North Walsham of up to 1,800 homes. Photo: North Norfolk District Council Local PlanThe north Norfolk draft local plan proposes a western extension to North Walsham of up to 1,800 homes. Photo: North Norfolk District Council Local Plan

"Farmland must be conserved for feeding the ever growing population."

And Beverley Broadhead said: "How about asking whether an inventory of unused properties, long standing vacant shop spaces and flats above shops has been taken?

"These could be developed to rejuvenate town centres instead of building on green sites.

"If people live in town centres, they then need to shop and have other facilities at hand.

"Reliance on cars is less too."

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But some readers said they felt new housing was essential for people to have places to live near their families.

While Keith Stapleton said: "It will be fine in North Walsham as long as they build the northern relief road first - otherwise where will it go?"

However, some readers also said they were concerned about additional strain on resources, including schools and the NHS.

Sheila King said: "Let's hope the local amenities can cope with the large influx of people requiring the use of doctor's surgeries and schools when all this goes ahead."

While Helen Featherstone added: "I'm missing the section that says how many doctors surgeries and schools are being built [but] did catch the buzzword of the moment 'sustainable'."

And Claire Woods asked: "Why do they have to spoil our towns and county?

"We don't have the schools or doctors now, so how do they think we will cope with more?

"Ridiculous. We may need them, but we don't want them."

District council to hold public consultations on north Norfolk local plan

The district council have asked residents, businesses and organisations for their views on the draft local plan.

A consultation will be held until Wednesday, June 19, and a series of drop-in events will run until Friday, May, 31.

The council is also opening a call for sites for proposals on land up to one hectare.

Drop-in events have been held in Sheringham, Cromer, Briston, Melton Constable, Holt and North Walsham.

The next drop-in sessions held by the district council are at Mundesley, at Coronation Hall, on May 17; Ludham village hall, on May 20; Stalham town hall, on May 21; Hoveton, at Broadland community centre, on May 23; Fakenham community centre, on May 24; Blakeney village hall, on May 29; and Wells-next-the-Sea, at The Maltings, on May 31.

All the events take place between 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

To have your say on the draft plan, visit: www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/planning-policy/local-plan-consultation/

What do you think about the north Norfolk local plan? Email reporter Jessica.Frank-Keyes@archant.co.uk.

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