Hopkins Homes interested in large Stalham development site
14:00 06 April 2012
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Hopkins Homes has expressed an interest in developing a large site in Stalham earmarked to provide homes and jobs.
The firm is expected to present North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) with its design brief for the nine-hectare (22-plus acre) plot in the next few weeks.
The site, currently farmland, lies between Ingham Road and Yarmouth Road and has been allocated for development by NNDC.
The district council wants to see it include up to 160 new homes, with a minimum of two hectares (five acres) set aside for “low-key employment generating uses” and a neighbourhood park, to help meet the need locally for public open space and recreational facilities.
NNDC would also like any development to include a footpath and cycle link joining the Ingham Road and Yarmouth Road, and suitable footpaths to link the development to the town centre.
Developers would be under pressure to make sure 45pc of homes built were affordable housing and to provide at least two access points for vehicles, from Ingham Road and Yarmouth Road.
Any developer would also be expected to contribute towards infrastructure, services, and other community needs “as required” and their layout and design would need to respect the setting of the site, at the edge of the town and near to listed buildings and a Conservation Area.
They would also be expected to carry out landscaping and keep the mature trees along Yarmouth Road.
An NNDC spokesman said that they would discuss Hopkins’ design brief with the firm. It was likely to include proposals for design and site layout. If the next stage was reached, it would then go out for public consultation.