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Letter: 'Are plans for 2,000 more homes right for our town?'

PUBLISHED: 10:20 03 February 2019

Bus in North Walsham. There are concerns the town's infrastructure would not be able to cope with thousands of planned new homes. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Bus in North Walsham. There are concerns the town's infrastructure would not be able to cope with thousands of planned new homes. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

North Walsham is facing the biggest challenge for decades.

District council are proposing development of around 2,000 new homes on the west of the town.

Developers are ‘prospecting for gold’ at the expense of local residents.

At a public meeting, many residents raised concerns about building on greenfield sites, the poor state of the current drainage, sewers, lack of social housing, poor road systems and dwindling NHS provision.

These are very valid concerns and this proposal could further risk the lack of inward investment in North Walsham’s infrastructure.

We need strong, visible councillors who will defend residents’ views. We need councillors who are not afraid to challenge these proposals.

The meeting was a good start point and great to see so many people there.

In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to engaging with local residents, especially on the West of North Walsham where the biggest impact will be felt.

We successfully fought against the Greens Road development because it wasn’t right. It was this Greens Road development which convinced me to stand as a town councillor.

Our children’s centre will remain open because we spoke out.

We have the power to make sure that this is right for North Walsham, right for us.

Let’s make sure that district council and any elected councillors represent your views, our views, about what we want, not how much profit the prospectors and landowners want.

I will object to any plans which do not bring benefit to the residents in the west, and for North Walsham.

Who’s with me?

ELAINE ADDISON

Princes Street

North Walsham

-What do you think? To share your own views on this issue and others, email nnn.letters@archant.co.uk

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