Exhibition showcases plans for housing in Holt

Plans for 100 new homes in Holt have received a mixed reaction at an exhibition held in the town.

The exhibition, concerning proposals from developer Landform Estates, was held at Holt Community Centre last Wednesday .

The proposals are for around 100 new homes – including a large element of affordable housing, on eight acres of land to the north of Peacock Lane in Holt, close to the town centre.

The site has two potential vehicle access points, from Cley Road and Woodfield Road and a potential pedestrian cycle access to Peacock Lane.

At the exhibition people were also asked to put forward their views on what improvements they would like to see carried out as part of the work, including provision of new play equipment at the nearby public open space at King George V playing field and possible enhancements to the Peacock Lane footpath.

The land near Peacock Lane was allocated for housing development in the Local Development Framework planning blueprint by a government inspector, who favoured it ahead of the land near Gresham's School, something which has raised concerns with residents.

In April this year at a Holt town council meeting councillors were urged by local residents to be vigilant that the new housing would not spoil Holt.

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And at the meeting on Wednesday some still had concerns about the land allocated for the housing.

James Pike, 78, from Holt, said: 'All that good agricultural land once gone, cannot be reclaimed for years and years. The land near Gresham's would have been better.'

However others were in favour of the plans put forward by Landform Estates.

Ian Brewis, who lives in Woodfield Road in Holt, said: 'I have no strong objections but there needs to be safeguards for residents' access from Cley Road and Kelling Road.'

Colin Hipperson from Holt Town Council added: 'You need development in the town and you need young people. I am all for it, provided it is done properly.'

Landform director Erik Pagano said in terms of the land allocation that had already been decided by a government inspector who had deemed it the best site.

Speaking about the benefits the proposals would bring, he said: 'There is the public space improvements to King George V playing field, you also cannot stay still, there is a need for housing. What we want with these proposals is to create good quality housing. '

Landform will be reviewing the comments made at the exhibition and expects to submit an outline planning application to North Norfolk District Council next month.