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Queens Square, Attleborough
Queens Square, Attleborough

Attleborough will double in size if plans for 4,000 new homes are eventually agreed.

The town has been earmarked for significant growth and this week a planning application, which would open the way for expansion, was submitted to Breckland Council.

The prospect of a major development has been known for the past year, but it has now moved on a stage with a formal submission.

As well as the new homes, which would occupy three separate neighbourhoods, the development would include two new primary schools, shops, a petrol filling station and sports pitches.

Another major feature of the development, which lies to the south of the town, would involve the construction of a new link road between Buckenham Road and London Road and a footbridge over the railway line to connect with Leys Lane.

The application has been submitted on behalf of Attleborough Land, Hilary Cracknell, Janet Syrett, Neil Syrett, Harold Bevis, Margaret Bevis and Leys Farm Ltd.

A Breckland Council spokesman said: “While it is widely known that Attleborough has been earmarked for significant growth, the planning application for the town’s SUE (sustainable urban expansion) is still under consideration.

“Following some recent amendments to the application and on receipt of further environmental information, member of the public are being invited to submit their comments.

“This consultation is required by legislation and forms part of the normal planning process for a proposal for this scale.

“The planning documents can be viewed at www.breckland.gov.uk/planningsearch and searching for the reference 3PL/2017/0996/O.”

The proposed development extends over 217 hectares of land.

As well as the new homes, two two-form entry primary schools are planned, as well as shops, two neighbourhood centres, public open space and amenity green space.

An unused sewage works and agricultural buildings would be demolished.

Town councillors at Attleborough gave their support earlier in the planning process.

The 2011 census showed that Attleborough had a population of 10,500, having grown less than 1.5 per cent from 9,600 in the 2001 census.

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