Villagers fear development may harm New Buckenham’s heritage
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
The character of a Norfolk village, which is an early example of a medieval planned town, could be under threat if a new housing estate is built, according to residents.
An application to build 16 houses in New Buckenham, near Attle-borough, has been submitted, but the community fears the development could have a detrimental effect on the village's ancient lay-out.
William d'Albini founded the castle in 1145 and the village was built up around it to provide services and labour.
The houses, including five affordable homes and a small public car park, are proposed for land to the south-west of Cuffer Lane.
But this would be outside the village's medieval boundary – which has not changed since the town was constructed.
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The application has received more than 30 letters of objection.
Jonathan Hartley, who lives in the village, said: 'There is a genuine concern that if this development is allowed to go ahead the village's medieval character will be lost to history.
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'Once it's gone there's no turning back.'
Historic England stated in a letter to applicant Charles Stimpson's agent that building on the proposed site has 'the potential to impact upon the setting' of designated heritage assets including the Grade I listed castle, moat, keep and the church of St Martin.
In a bid to halt the development, flyers have been circulated around the village and other concerns raised include an increase in traffic.
Mr Hartley added: 'There is also a real fear that if this first housing estate is allowed to go ahead outside the village boundary it will be the thin end of the wedge which will see a sprawl of development. Everyone is hoping that a bit of common sense will prevail.'
In a document submitted on behalf of Mr Stimpson it stated the development 'ensures minimum impact on historic assets and the landscape'.