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Land for new school might pave the way for 110-home development in Norfolk town

The site of the proposed residential development in Holt. Pictures: Gladman Developments

The site of the proposed residential development in Holt. Pictures: Gladman Developments

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A new application for more than 100 homes on the edge of Holt has the added bonus of providing land for a new primary school.

The proposed residential development in Holt. Pictures: Gladman DevelopmentsThe proposed residential development in Holt. Pictures: Gladman Developments

A public consultation has begun into the proposal for a residential development comprising 110 homes plus land to build a primary school on land off Beresford Road.

The development would include 30pc affordable homes and also include public open space and recreation facilities.

Three years ago Cheshire-based developer Gladman Developments’ bid to build 170 homes on the site, which borders Holt Country Park, was refused planning permission after a failed appeal.

The developer’s new plans include two hectares of safeguarded land for a new primary school, and leaflets detailing the proposal are being distributed to homes in the area.

The developer says in the leaflet: “The proposed site is a suitable and sustainable location for new development. We believe that new homes and a new primary school will enhance the town and support its existing services and facilities.

“The proposed development could lead to a significant boost in local spending and a potential reduction in commuter levels to surrounding employment areas.

“The gross spending power of the new residents could be in excess of £3.3m each year, a proportion of which will be spent in the locality.”

Holt town councillor Colin Hipperson said that affordable homes and a new primary school were desperately needed in the town.

He said: “We might have to say yes to the homes to get the school. So many houses are being built in Holt, and the primary school is the only one in the town, and a bit dated.”

Gladman is preparing a planning application and said responses to the consultation would be considered and used in the final proposals.

Back in 2015 the council’s development committee refused Gladman’s application because it said the site was outside Holt’s development boundary, would encroach into open countryside, and create over-capacity issues at the primary school.

The inspector turned down the subsequent appeal partly because there was enough land for new housing in north Norfolk for a five-year period.

Submit comments and find out more at www.your-views.co.uk/holt

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