Major development with 185 homes and leisure park could be built on outskirts of town
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A major development comprising 185 new homes, a sports and leisure park, and a dementia care home and supported living units could be built on the outskirts of Cromer.
Cheltenham-based Innova Property Ltd is seeking outline permission from North Norfolk District Council for the site on land east and west of Roughton Road, to the south of the town. The 14-hectare site is currently in agricultural use.
Developers expect the care home/supported living units would create between 30 and 40 jobs with further coaching and maintenance roles associated with the sports pitches and park.
A public consultation was held in Cromer in September 2017 based on the first draft of the plans.
A design and access statement submitted with the application said: 'The proposed scheme has undergone extensive consultation with residents and community groups.
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'There have been several revisions in order to deliver a development that is sensitive to the character, landscape and context and which meets local needs and aspirations.'
The statement says that south Cromer is poorly served in terms of open space and recreation.
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It continues: 'This scheme will deliver a new sports and leisure park in the south of Cromer where there is no current amenity or open space provision. The new park will bring benefits to the health, wellbeing, and enjoyment of the whole community.'
At the public consultation, several respondents cited the visual impact on existing residents and the level of potential traffic.
To address these concerns, the statement says that the masterplan was revised to consist of a smaller number of dwellings and a 60-bed care home. Following further stakeholder consultation, the residential element of the scheme was reduced to a lower density.
The retail units and offices in the original plans have been removed because of viability.
The care facilities will also include supported accommodation for young adults with learning disabilities.
The statement says that the sports and leisure park has been shaped by discussions with councils and sports clubs and the Football Association (FA) and includes a multiuse games area. The sports pitches have been configured and aligned in accordance with FA guidelines.