Report outlining plans for 4,000 homes in Attleborough is submitted - what do you think?

Picture shows: Aerial view of Attleborough looking north east.June 2005Picture by: Mike Page

Picture shows: Aerial view of Attleborough looking north east.June 2005Picture by: Mike Page

Four thousand homes earmarked for a Breckland market town could be another step closer after the scheme's backers submitted a report detailing its plans.

Bidwells developers has submitted a scoping report to Breckland Council for the proposals, which would see properties built on land to the south of the town.

It also lists a new link road, pedestrian footbridge across the railway line, two primary schools, two neighbourhood centres and shops in the plans.

The report, which has been entered in anticipation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report being produced, states that the proposed site is to the south of the A11 trunk road.

A planning application with further details would be submitted to Breckland Council.

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Attleborough is identified in the Breckland Core Strategy as a market town for 'substantial growth'. From 2001 to 2026, the town is expected to see at least 4,500 new homes built - 500 of which are have already been agreed.

The report says that the new link road would run between Buckenham Road and London Road, while the footbridge across the railway line would connect with Leys Lane.

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Residents in the town have raised concerns over the large-scale development impacting on already over-stretched services.

It comes as a similar screening report for 165 homes on the former Grampian Foods site, on Buckenham Road, was also submitted.

You can view the application for the Buckenham Road site by using application number 3SR/2015/0005/SCR, and using 3SO/2015/0001/SCO for the 4,000 homes scoping report.

We'd like to know your views - what do you think of the plans? Email or 07584 311473.

Jan Cockburn, who has lived in the town since 1973, said: 'It is really disappointing and somewhat perplexing to hear the news that Breckland Council are considering these plans. Disappointing because I don't think the town can cope with more traffic and all of the very few green areas are being gobbled up by greedy developers who cram in these houses with no front gardens, most are directly on the roads, making for a nightmare with parking.'

Mrs Cockburn also said it was 'perplexing' after Attleborough Academy announced that there would be redundances and a cut in the number of pupils in each year group.

'I really don't see how anyone moving in to Attleborough can send their children to the high school for education,' she said. 'We currently have no swimming pool or proper leisure centre - yet are banded the same council tax as Dereham and Thetford - or big enough shops to cope with any more families.'

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