People invited to meeting over proposals to build 64 homes in Belton

Belton village sign.Picture: James Bass

Belton village sign.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

People are being invited to have their say over plans to build 64 homes in Belton.

Norwich-based developer Dawson Brown has submitted proposals to build the houses off New Road.

The design and access statement submitted along the outline planning application explained that the scheme would feature a mixture of housing types ranging from single-bedroom bungalows to five bedroom houses.

Of the homes, there will be six affordable houses.

Margaret Greenacre, parish councillor for Belton, said: “It is likely that this application will go through but there are a few concerns we have about the plans which we will discuss at a meeting on December 1.

“There are worries about extra traffic the site could bring, pedestrian access at the site and big concerns about drainage.

“We all want to speak about this and know where we stand on the project before taking our opinions to the borough council.”

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John Rudrum, chairman of the council added: “It will be a shame if we were to lose more green space, but on the other hand we do need new homes.

“In all fairness to the developers they have been very helpful with any enquiries that we have had to do with the homes so far.”

The proposed site for the development is located within 500 metres of a playing field, a pub, supermarket and school.

The site which is currently agricultural land, would be accessed via a road off New Road which is the main route for people driving into Belton from the A143 Beccles Road.

To provide manageable access onto the site, the proposed designs will include a roundabout which will also serve as a speed restraint for those vehicles continuing in towards the village centre.

Crossing points will also be placed on two of the roundabout approaches.

A public exhibition was held at New Road Sports and Leisure Centre in September and flyers were delivered to the nearest 500 houses to the proposed development.

Views on the proposals were mainly negative with 63pc of 51 respondents not in support of more housing in Belton.