Vision for 48 new homes to be built south of Attleborough’s settlement boundary is launched

An 'indicative site layout' plan submitted by NPS Property Counsultants as part of the application.

An 'indicative site layout' plan submitted by NPS Property Counsultants as part of the application. Image: Copyright NPS Group - Credit: Archant

Plans have been drawn up to build 48 new homes on agricultural land to the south of Attleborough, outside the town's settlement boundary.

Breckland Council has received an application to put up a mix of semi-detached and terrace houses on a 2.05ha L-shaped plot on the south-western corner of New Road and Hargham Road.

The land is part of the Norfolk County Council County Farms estate, and has never been used for anything other than grazing.

The bid is separate to another application currently awaiting a decision at Breckland to build 4,000 homes to Attleborough's south, which will effectively double the size of the town.

The plans include 102 parking spaces, and 14 of the planned new homes would be classed as 'social housing'.

A supporting statement prepared by agents NPS Group said the site was outside the town's settlement boundary, as identified in a development plan document adopted in 2009.

It read: 'However, since adoption, the green space to the north-west has been developed for housing and an employment land allocation to the north-west of this now has permission for a school and housing (reflecting the out of date nature of development plan policy in this area).'

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The statement said that section of Hargham Road was currently a 40mph zone, but that a 30mph zone would likely be extended south if the homes were built.

The statement went onto say that because there was a surface water drainage issue close to the north-east corner of the site, no buildings would be built there.

It said: 'This area offers the opportunity to provide a strong focal space at the corner of New Road and Hargham Road where dwellings can overlook an attractive undeveloped amenity area.'

The Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan, which has not yet been adopted, includes the site in its 'preferred growth location' zone.

The full application can be viewed online at by searching for 3PL/2017/1171/O.

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