Council agrees to prepare forced land purchase powers to ensure Long Stratton bypass and 1,800 homes plan goes ahead

Long Stratton, Norfolk. Long Stratton High Street ANL-140730-104454001
Long Stratton, Norfolk. Long Stratton High Street ANL-140730-104454001

South Norfolk Council is preparing to forcibly buy land from its owners in order to progress with its blueprint to double the size of Long Stratton and build a new village bypass.

This is because some of the owners of land earmarked for development have not met milestones set by the council to bring it forward for planning.

Called the Long Stratton Area Action Plan, and setting out the development of the village to 2026, the council’s cabinet agreed on Monday to make preparations for a compulsory purchase order (CPO).

Although the council is prepared to use the legal tool, there is still work to be done. This includes defining the exact area of land subject to the powers and assessing the costs including the compensation to landowners. A report to the council said the risk of delays to the plan outweighed those of a CPO.