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Loddon residents called to oppose third big housing development

PUBLISHED: 16:39 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 30 May 2017

A plan of the proposed Loddon development Picture: Courtesy Allison Homes

A plan of the proposed Loddon development Picture: Courtesy Allison Homes

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Residents from a south Norfolk village are being asked to oppose a new housing development, which if approved would be the third biggest housing development in five years.

Following the completion of the Taylor Wimpey development, which saw around 100 homes being built, work has started on another major housing development of 202 homes off George Lane in Loddon.

A third application has now been submitted to South Norfolk Council to build 79 houses off High Bungay Road. A decision on the matter is still pending.

In the design and access statement submitted with the plans, developer Allison Homes said the site had been carefully considered in light of its location within Loddon.

It said: “The proposal meets all the criteria for a residential development site, being located on the edge of a sustainable settlement. The proposed residential mix will bring affordable housing in the form of starter homes, to those who are in need, local people, those purchasing a home for the first time and will compliment the existing housing stock in this part of Norfolk.”

However, a flyer distributed to residents urges them to object. It cites lack of infrastructure to support further development, road access to the busy A146, and pressure on doctor and dentist surgeries as some of the reasons for the opposition. Local schools are also said to be near capacity.

Earlier this month a public meeting was called where it was agreed Loddon had already taken more of its share of new houses in south Norfolk. The meeting was also told the plot of land is designated for industrial use, and not housing, and is outside the housing development boundary.

At their May meeting, Loddon Parish Council lodged its objection to the scheme, offering a list of reasons why the development should be refused including flooding and drainage issues, and that access to the A146 was already difficult and dangerous. An objection on behalf of residents has been prepared by Small Fish Strategy Consultants.

“They feel very strongly against the proposed inappropriate and unwelcome development of 79 starter homes,” the objection states.

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