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Concern over ‘unduly one dimensional’ new homes plan

PUBLISHED: 13:47 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:52 11 February 2016

Plans for 100 news homes on farmland off Norwich Road in North Walsham have been put on hold.

Photo by Mark Bullimore

Plans for 100 news homes on farmland off Norwich Road in North Walsham have been put on hold. Photo by Mark Bullimore

Archant Norfolk

Health chiefs have warned that local GP practices will struggle to cope with plans to build 100 new homes in north Norfolk.

And now they are demanding £30,170 from the developers to help improve the service.

NHS England was responding to plans, submitted by Persimmon Homes, to develop a housing scheme on the outskirts of North Walsham.

Councillors on North Norfolk District Council’s development committee are due to discuss the proposals at their meeting in Cromer today (Thursday, February 11).

The application - which it is envisaged could also bank a total of £279,456 for improvements to North Walsham Infant and Junior Schools and Millfield Primary School, as well as £26,620 for improvements to for the Weavers Way Trail and North Walsham Circular Walks and £6000 for library provision - was referred to the committee following concerns over the scale of the plans, road safety and design.

The council’s conservation and design officer, in the report being presented to councillors, described the development as “unduly one-dimensional”.

According to the council report: “Development on this site will contribute to the increased supply of new housing

(including affordable housing) plus employment land, and represents a significant step in bringing forward the second largest land allocation in the district. The one lingering concern relates to the design quality of the residential development.”


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