GNLP2161

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Object

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 18934

Received: 11/12/2018

Respondent: Blofield Parish Council

Representation:

The current Local Plan allocated 'about' 50 houses to Blofield itself and 'about' 25 to Blofield Heath giving the parish of Blofield growth of, say, 75 - 100. The actual growth under the current Local Plan will be about 500 houses - which is 500% of the planned number, casts serious doubt on the utility and effectiveness of Local Plans, and is crippling local services.
Given the extent of development experienced under the current Local Plan the Parish Council opposes all the proposed sites within the parish put forward in the GNLP New, Revised and Small Sites consultation: the parish needs time to absorb the current developments and for the infrastructure issues to be addressed by bodies such as NCC.
Issues raised include:
Capacity of access to A47 roundabout
Local healthcare and schools
Capacity of Postwick Hub
Loss of Grade 1/2 agricultural land
Ability of water supply and treatment infrastructure to serve development

Full text:

After much thought and consideration Blofield Parish Council would like to make the following response to the proposals contained in the Greater Norwich Local Plan New, Revised and Small Sites consultation : -
Blofield and neighbouring parishes have already seen a large number of developments built or approved. The local infrastructure cannot cope with what is happening now and the council has specific concerns about:
* The capacity of the access to the A47 (Cucumber Lane roundabout). The existing planning consents have taken forecast flows to the limit of the capacity.
* The provision of essential local services including healthcare and schools. The existing developments have overloaded the services and there is no capacity to cope with the impact of the housing which is being built let alone the significant additional houses that have planning permission. There are no credible proposals to improve the situation.
* The capacity of the Postwick Hub if large housing developments occur in the locality: were these housing proposals factored into the traffic flow forecasts when the junction was designed? We already have tailbacks onto the A47 from the slip road that are as bad as before the improvements to the 'hub'; significant additional flows through that junction as a result of housing growth and the NDR won't improve the problem.
* Loss of Grade 1 or 2 agricultural land at a time when there is concern post-Brexit about food security.
* The ability of the water supply and treatment infrastructure to service the proposed housing developments in and near the parishes.
The current Local Plan allocated 'about' 50 houses to Blofield itself and 'about' 25 to Blofield Heath giving the parish of Blofield growth of, say, 75 - 100. The actual growth under the current Local Plan will be about 500 houses - which is 500% of the planned number, casts serious doubt on the utility and effectiveness of Local Plans, and is crippling local services.
Given the extent of development experienced under the current Local Plan the Parish Council opposes all the proposed sites within the parish put forward in the GNLP New, Revised and Small Sites consultation: the parish needs time to absorb the current developments and for the infrastructure issues to be addressed by bodies such as NCC.

Support

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 19327

Received: 14/12/2018

Respondent: Fusion 13

Agent: Fusion 13

Representation:

The site is under used and does not have any constraints to development that would appear insurmountable. It is in a sustainable location with easy access to public transport links and could give an important contribution to Blofield's existing local services. It is available now and the development could be begun within the next five years. We therefore concur with the HELAA assessment of the site and support its continued promotion.

Full text:

On behalf of our client, we would like to fully endorse the site suitability conclusions in the accompanying HELAA document for site reference GNLP2161 - Norwich Camping and Leisure. The site extends to approximately 0.9ha and would compliment the Iceni Homes development immediately to the west, creating a continuous built edge along the southern side of Yarmouth Road. The site is surrounded by existing built development on all sides and therefore would not encroach into open countryside.

Initial investigations have concluded that there are no constraints to development which are insurmountable. It is currently under used and would be a useful addition to address current housing need.

As part of any future planning application, the capacity of utilities will be assessed to ensure that the development can be adequately served. Detailed designs will be submitted as part of the planning application to ensure that the townscape and the immediate surrounds of the site are maintained and enhanced.

In addition, full details will be provided to ensure that the current Norwich Camping and Leisure site use is maintained in conjunction with any future development of this site. A future planning application will look to adopt a holistic approach to the overall site and respect the amenity and uses of future users and existing neighbouring properties.

In conclusion, the site is under used and does not have any constraints to development that would appear insurmountable. It is in a sustainable location with easy access to public transport links and could give an important contribution to Blofield's existing local services. It is available now and the development could be begun within the next five years. We therefore concur with the HELAA assessment of the site and support its continued promotion.