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Deadline looms for south Norfolk housing plans consultation

17 potential sites put forward for Dickleburgh alone
17 potential sites put forward for Dickleburgh alone

The deadline for the latest stage of consultation on the Greater Norwich Local Plan – a document that will help determine where more than 7,000 homes should go, including South Norfolk – is looming.

The plan is being pieced together to help Norwich City, Broadland and South Norfolk councils establish how they could shape development in the area in the coming years.

Around 600 potential sites were put forward and consulted on in January. The latest consultation covers sites submitted since then, along with amendments.

It covers dozens of sites across south Norfolk, including areas in Diss, Bressingham, Roydon, Harleston, the Pulhams, Burston and Tivetshall St Mary and St Margaret.

Dickleburgh stands to be one of the most affected areas, with 17 potential development sites identified around the edges of the village in total.

“The residents and parish council of Dickleburgh recognise the national and local demand for housing and we are playing our part already,” said Terence Blacker, chairman of Dickleburgh and Rushall Parish Council.

“There have been three significant housing developments in the village recently.

“One, for affordable homes, was completed last year, a second is under construction and a third site has just been given planning permission.

“There have been two public meetings in Dickleburgh about the GNLP.

“The parish council, supported by residents, has said it welcomes some new housing between now and 2036, so long as it is sustainable and proportionate to the size and character of the village.

“It should be located to the south of Dickleburgh, towards the A140, to avoid worsening the appalling traffic problems which already exist in the village.

“The fact that a number of sites have been made available around Dickleburgh is, of course, irrelevant to this decision. It doesn’t mean they will all be developed.

“What matters is that any future development is proportionate and respects the integrity and infrastructure of our village.”

Comments can be made via the Greater Norwich Local Plan website at www.gnlp.org.uk. The consultation ends of on Thursday, December 14, at 5pm.

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