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Fears plans for 170 new homes would ruin life in Norfolk village

PUBLISHED: 16:42 02 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:30 03 September 2017

An application has been lodged for permissino to build 170 new homes in Brundall, Norfolk. Image: Design and Access Statement by Quantum Group/Barton Wilmore

An application has been lodged for permissino to build 170 new homes in Brundall, Norfolk. Image: Design and Access Statement by Quantum Group/Barton Wilmore

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Plans for 170 new homes in the village of Brundall have met with fierce opposition from the community.

An application has been lodged for permissino to build 170 new homes in Brundall, Norfolk. Image: Design and Access Statement by Quantum Group/Barton Wilmore An application has been lodged for permissino to build 170 new homes in Brundall, Norfolk. Image: Design and Access Statement by Quantum Group/Barton Wilmore

The proposed scheme would see a 17.3ha greenfield site to the south of the Run Dike divided into three areas; a residential area served by an access road leading to Brundall Road, a ‘formal open play’ area in the west of the site, next to the Brundall Memorial Hall and an ‘informal open space’ in the site’s north next to the Run Dike.

But a petition opposing the plans so far has 2,100 signatures, and there are fears the new homes will overload the village’s already stretched school, transport and health services.

Steve Millbank, a Brundall resident who is campaigning against the new homes, said the development would ruin the last greenfield site in the village.

He said: “We understand that Broadland has a need for more homes, but people in the village are incredulous that another major application on this scale could be considered. It’s a greenfield site that supports a whole variety of bird and insect life and many people use it every day.”

Janice Aldred, another Brundall resident, said she feared the development would turn Brundall into “just another suburb of Norwich.”

She said: “The pressure on our local services will be great. Getting an appointment with a GP at our practice is already difficult. The environmental impact detrimental and we will lose a beautiful green field with open views across to our neighbouring village of Blofield.” Residents Diane Harrison and Keith Pembroke also raised concerns about the school’s ability to cope, and predicted bringing more cars into Brundall would create traffic hazards.

Ms Harrison said: “The Street in Brundall has very narrow footpaths with limited parking and is already quite dangerous for parents walking their children to school. Brundall simply cannot cope with any more traffic.”

The plans, by Quantum Land (Brundall), have been submitted for consideration by a Broadland District Council committee.

The application can be found on the Broadland website by searching under Ref. No. 20171386

The petition against the plan can be found online at www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-200-houses-in-brundall

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