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Land for thousands of new homes could be earmarked for development

PUBLISHED: 12:35 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:39 01 August 2019

The land where 725 homes in Caister are proposed could be included in Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Draft Local Plan Part 2. Picture: Persimmon Homes

The land where 725 homes in Caister are proposed could be included in Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Draft Local Plan Part 2. Picture: Persimmon Homes

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Land which could be used to build thousands of homes in a Norfolk borough is set to be earmarked for development - and residents will soon have the opportunity to have their say on the plans.

Dozens of protesters voiced their concerns about the new homes being proposed in Caister at a public meeting earlier this month. Picture: ArchantDozens of protesters voiced their concerns about the new homes being proposed in Caister at a public meeting earlier this month. Picture: Archant

The sites across the Great Yarmouth Borough include an area in Caister where 725 houses are being proposed and land in Bradwell where plans for 600 homes have been discussed.

Residents will be able to voice their opinions during a public consultation in the coming months after councillors accepted the provisional updates which had been made to the authority's emerging development plan at a council meeting on Tuesday night.

Leader of the Labour group in Great Yarmouth, Trevor Wainwright, highlighted the importance of the Draft Local Plan.

"Allocating land gives the council more power when it comes to rejecting developers making speculative proposals for housing development," he said.

The area where Badger Building wants to build 600 new homes in Bradwell. Picture: Google MapsThe area where Badger Building wants to build 600 new homes in Bradwell. Picture: Google Maps

"It's not about accepting details of these planning applications.

"All consultation is good and I encourage people to have their say."

The meeting of the council's policy and resources committee heard Great Yarmouth Borough council must build more than 300 houses a year to meet government guidelines.

A number of other developments are included in the proposals on top of the controversial plans for land west of Jack Chase Way in Caister and off Beccles Road in Bradwell.

Leader of the Labour group in Great Yarmouth Trevor Wainwright. Picture: Ella WilkinsonLeader of the Labour group in Great Yarmouth Trevor Wainwright. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

These include, 500 homes south of Links Road in Gorleston, 97 homes at Emerald Park in Gorleston and 103 homes at a site north of Hemsby Road in Martham. Leader of the council, Carl Smith, reinforced the need for more houses to be built.

He said: "There is clearly a demand for more houses and we must meet that.

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"Just because land is allocated it does not guarantee development is going to take place.

"It is important we make people aware they can have their say in a public consultation."

Great Yarmouth Borough Council will finalise its Draft Local Plan Part 2 following the consultation, and there will be a further opportunity for people to have their say before the plan is submitted for independent examination.

Further details about the opportunity for residents to have their say will be released in the near future.

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