GNLP2067

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Comment

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 17282

Received: 22/11/2018

Respondent: South Norfolk Council

Representation:

Eastern and southern edge of site in current day fluvial flood zone 3 and the remainder of the site in current day fluvial flood zone 2.
The SFRA has not modelled climate change scenarios for this site.

Full text:

Eastern and southern edge of site in current day fluvial flood zone 3 and the remainder of the site in current day fluvial flood zone 2.
The SFRA has not modelled climate change scenarios for this site.

Support

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 17950

Received: 13/12/2018

Respondent: Mr Eddy Edwards

Agent: Mr Michael Haslam

Representation:

The site had the benefit of a full planning permission, 2012/0940/F, that lapsed because condition 9 had not been complied with. The site owner believed that he had commenced the development by constructing substantial highway works and asks that because of these highway works sympathetic consideration be given to the allocation of the site.

Full text:

The assessment of the site on page 71 of the "Site Proposals Document Addendum, New, Revised and Small Sites" document does not fairly represent the facts behind the submission and it suggests, incorrectly, that the flood Risk Assessment (submitted in connection with application 2102/0940/F, did not model the impact of climate change on the site.

In October 2012 the South Norfolk Planning Committee granted full planning permission for the construction of a building for the repair and retail sale of mowers and horticultural equipment on the site, ref 2012/0940/F, and subject to 11 conditions. Two of the conditions required works to the adjoining public highway to be undertaken prior to any work commencing on the site.

The site owner, Mr Edwards, concentrated his attention on complying with the highway conditions, this entailed detailed negotiations by his transport consultants with Norfolk County Council highways and providing a bond designed to ensure that the highway works, which alone cost over £64,000, were completed in a satisfactory manner. The construction work was completed in 2013. By this time Mr Edwards had spent a very considerable sum of money on the project, including the highway improvement works and the fees for the design of the building, the Transport Assessment, the flood Risk Assessment, the Sequential Test, the Noise Impact Assessment and the Ecology Assessment and Mitigation Plan and he believed that by constructing the highway improvements he had preserved the permission.

In January 2017 Mr Edward's agent was told that the permission had lapsed because condition 9, which required a contaminated land assessment, had not been complied. The site owner was shattered by this decision which, in the particular circumstances of the planning history of this site is harsh.

The site is currently well maintained by the owner who cuts the grass regularly and it presents a very tidy appearance at the entrance to the town, located as it is opposite the Desira car showroom. In less caring ownership the site could easily be very untidy.

In making this proposal for the site to be allocated for development in the emerging Local Plan the owner is asking the Council to consider sympathetically the very unusual circumstances set out in this statement and support the allocation.

Object

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 18705

Received: 12/12/2018

Respondent: Mr Ian Seymour

Representation:

If more housing developments are to be built - as I am sure they will, irrespective of any public outcry - then PLEASE consider developing the infrastructure to cope. As mentioned in one of the reports, the A1066 is becoming a bottleneck and cannot cope with the existing traffic, let alone tolerate the potential increase from the new houses being built. More and more drivers are attempting to use side roads not designed for dual flow traffic to get through and miss out the A1066 as far as possible.

What ever happens, please consider those who already live in Diss!

Full text:

I firstly need to point out that I'm not a NIMBY

I understand that there is a need for new housing and that land is getting harder and harder to find.

What I don't understand though is why those responsible for passing these planning consents to build more and more houses don't consider that the infrastructure simply can't cope.
We, in Diss, have two GP practices and they are no longer able to cope with the increasing pressures put on them by the increasing number of people wanting to register as they move in to the area. Similarly the schools are suffering, as are every other requirement those moving in to Diss would be expecting to find.
We then have the road network. As mentioned in one of the reports, the A1066 is becoming a bottleneck and cannot cope with the existing traffic, let alone tolerate the potential increase from the new houses being built. Due to this problem more and more drivers are attempting to use side roads not designed for dual flow traffic to get through and miss out the A1066 as far as possible. Victoria Road used to be accessible, but it is increasingly becoming a bottleneck from the site of the proposed development throughout its length into Roydon. This is even worse on a Friday when many people come in to Diss to try and shop, only to find that it can take more than half an hour to get along Victoria Road - a journey that should take but a matter of minutes.

As a prime example, I live in the picturesque hamlet area of Walcot Green. A new housing development is currently being completed nearby and the traffic though Walcot Green is becoming heavier and heavier already and the residents haven't taken ownership yet of the new houses! We have already had a number of police-attended accidents along this road this year, due to the increase in traffic, and a death of a pedestrian is inevitable due to the speed and dual flow of traffic along a road only designed for a horse and cart. Do we really have to wait unit someone - possibly a child - has to die before anything gets done? This road - like many in Diss - can't cope with the traffic flow - especially at the speeds being allowed at present.

If more housing developments are to be built - as I am sure they will, irrespective of any public outcry - then PLEASE consider developing the infrastructure to cope - from forcing developers to include a GP surgery, schools etc. to be built as part of their planning agreement, to ensuring all resources are covered. This also means that some roads should have to have restrictions put on them - maybe reducing the speed limits to 20mph - with changes to weight limits, hours of use etc.

Ultimately Diss is getting towards the stage when Victoria Road - the A1066 - is not compatible with the amount of traffic trying to use it, and so, if South Norfolk Council continues to ignore the people of Diss and throw up houses with no consideration to those that already live there, then perhaps they need to consider a by-pass!

What ever happens, please consider those who already live in Diss too!

Object

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 18747

Received: 12/12/2018

Respondent: Mrs Wendy Kindleysides

Representation:

Unsustainable, choking the roads and facilities to the extreme.

Full text:

I strongly object to developments that will bring more chaos to our town,the lack of health care available, the dwindling places in schools, and the night mare of traffic in the town.
We who live here know only to well that the A1066 is, at times our biggest car park, the side roads are turning in to rat runs where frustrated folk do not appreciate that these are not fit for purpose for two way traffic, I live in such a situation now sadly, and there have been two cars wrecked that I have seen in recent weeks, with no footpaths and several bends it is only a matter of time before we see real casualties.
I feel further development is unsustainable to the town and its inhabitants and any increase in traffic to an already overloaded area will be unacceptable.
The quality of life for the those of us who live here, I feel has deteriorated already and this will only add to it.
There are a quantity of new homes being built currently in a totally unsuitable location despite enormous objections, this is probably a waste of time to object as well I feel extremely disillusioned with residents voices being actually acted upon.

Object

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 18969

Received: 13/12/2018

Respondent: Mr Ian Seymour

Representation:

I firstly need to point out that I'm not a NIMBY
I understand that there is a need for new housing and that land is getting harder and harder to find.
What I don't understand though is why those responsible for passing these planning consents to build more and more houses don't consider that the infrastructure simply can't cope.
We, in Diss, have two GP practices and they are no longer able to cope with the increasing pressures put on them by the increasing number of people wanting to register as they move in to the area. Similarly the schools are suffering, as are every other requirement.
We then have the road network. As mentioned in one of the reports, the A1066 is becoming a bottleneck and cannot cope with the existing traffic, let alone tolerate the potential increase from the new houses being built. Due to this problem more and more drivers are attempting to use side roads not designed for dual flow traffic to get through and miss out the A1066 as far as possible.

Full text:

I firstly need to point out that I'm not a NIMBY
I understand that there is a need for new housing and that land is getting harder and harder to find.
What I don't understand though is why those responsible for passing these planning consents to build more and more houses don't consider that the infrastructure simply can't cope.
We, in Diss, have two GP practices and they are no longer able to cope with the increasing pressures put on them by the increasing number of people wanting to register as they move in to the area. Similarly the schools are suffering, as are every other requirement.
We then have the road network. As mentioned in one of the reports, the A1066 is becoming a bottleneck and cannot cope with the existing traffic, let alone tolerate the potential increase from the new houses being built. Due to this problem more and more drivers are attempting to use side roads not designed for dual flow traffic to get through and miss out the A1066 as far as possible.

As a prime example, I live in the beautifully picturesque hamlet of Walcot Green. A new housing development is currently being completed and the traffic though Walcot Green is becoming heavier and heavier already, and the residents haven't taken ownership yet! We have already had a number of police-attended accidents along this road this year, due to the increase in traffic, and a death of a pedestrian is inevitable due to the speed and duel flow of traffic along a road only designed for a horse and cart. Do we really have to wait unit someone - possibly a child - has to die before anything gets done? This road - like many in Diss - can't cope with the traffic flow - especially at the speeds being allowed at present.

If more housing developments are to be built - as I am sure they will, irrespective of any public outcry - then PLEASE consider developing the infrastructure to cope - from forcing developers to include a GP surgery in their agreement pack, to ensuring all resources are covered. This also means that some roads will have to have restrictions put on them - maybe reducing the speed limits to 20mph - with changes to weight limits, hours of use etc.

What ever happens, please consider those who already live in Diss too!

Comment

New, Revised and Small Sites

Representation ID: 19552

Received: 14/12/2018

Respondent: Diss Town Council

Representation:

located off Victoria Road. Area 0.42 hectares on flood zone 2. May be suitable for the proposed repair and retail warehouse, business and offices.

Full text:

Whilst it is important that Diss Town Council should take the opportunity to respond to this consultation, any comments made about specific sites are without prejudice to land allocations that may come forward as part of the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan. The timing of this consultation is premature to the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Town Council remains very concerned about the impact of any future developments in the town irrespective of size, without appropriate investment in infrastructure, which is a significant on-going concern. In the last eight years we have seen a 15% population growth with little or no investment in infrastructure.
The Town Council also fully supports the concerns expressed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England
(CPRE Norfolk) who have urged the Greater Norwich Local Plan to look again at:
* The real level of demand in the housing market, which is much lower than all government predictions.
* That housing delivery tests should be less stringently enforced and that the use of phasing and a reserve list should be made.
* That ''cherry picking'' of new sites in the Greater Norwich Local Plan could occur if land banking is allowed to happen rather than phasing of allocated sites and also the use of reserve sites.
* Campaign for Rural England considers windfall sites should count as contributing. At the moment they are not.

The call for sites in the Diss Town Ward area have illustrated some of the Campaign to Protect Rural England concerns as if all the sites which have been put forward were developed then there would be capacity for over 3,000 dwellings. Even the Joint Core Strategy only calls for 300 dwellings for the Diss area, which is the figure the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan is considering.
Reference the new sites
1. GNLP2104 - mainly located in Roydon but with a substantial part of the plot in Heywood. 50.51 hectares for housing, which would have capacity for in excess of 1500 dwellings. This is unacceptable as it would need significant infrastructure changes in Diss and is outside the requirements of the Joint Core Strategy that Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan is working with.
2. GNLP2067 - located off Victoria Road. Area 0.42 hectares on flood zone 2. May be suitable for the proposed repair and retail warehouse, business and offices.

Diss Town Council does not wish to prejudice the work of the emerging Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan but equally felt it should take the opportunity to comment on the additional sites.