What does Attleborough need? Bid for 300 homes is submitted - as new link road comes under the spotlight

Planning proposals for land off London Rd in attleborough.Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Planning proposals for land off London Rd in attleborough.Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Worries over inadequate facilities in Attleborough have been brought to the forefront after developers put forward a bid for 300 homes.

Orbit Homes East Limited submitted the proposal to Breckland Council last week.

The properties would be built on Haverscroft House Farm, which is situated in between London Road and the A11.

Richard Middleton, chair of the Attleborough neighbourhood plan steering group, said that the plans did not come as a surprise.

'We were expecting the application and have been aware this may happen for around seven years.


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'In terms of position, it doesn't seem a bad location on first look. But in terms of affecting infrastructure concerning traffic, health and sporting and leisure then it all needs to be looked at.'

The steering group will meet developers to discuss the potential impact on services.

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They will form part of the 4,000 homes that have been planned for the town before 2026.

It comes after Breckland announced that work on a new link road in Attleborough, which would support the development, could begin soon.

The council cabinet will discuss the route, which would join the B1077 and London Road, on October 22.

It would support the 4,000 homes and associated infrastructure planned for Attleborough before 2026.

Karen Pettitt, town mayor, welcomed the news.

She said: 'It will only be good news for the town, whichever route they take, but it is only the start.

'We desperately need sports facilities, doctors places, school places. There is so much needed in the town.'

Councillors weighed up the costs and practicalities of three methods of joining the route - a low speed internal road, a bypass road on the edge of planned development and a hybrid of the two.

In a report of the findings, the third was identified as the preferred - and least disruptive - choice.

Mark Kiddle-Morris, Breckland Council Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development says:

'A considerable amount of detailed work has been undertaken, and expert opinion sought, to help ensure that we arrive at the best solution for the community.

'At the meeting, cabinet will be asked to endorse the location of the preferred route.'

If it is endorsed by cabinet and ratified at a council meeting on November 6, work will begin to secure the land.

What do you think is needed in Attleborough? Let us know by emailing reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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