77 homes proposed for Docking ‘eyesore’

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More than 70 homes could be built on a village “eyesore” if new plans come to fruition.

Avada Homes wants to create 77 homes on the former Granaries site in Station Road, Docking.

Operations ceased sometime ago and the site has been left vacant and unkempt.

Concerns about the number of homes and the village’s infrastructure have been raised by Docking Parish Council chairman John Wroth.

He said: “The site is at the end of the village and has been untidy. It’s an eyesore.

“We have concerns about the number of houses. There is another planning application for 30 more houses in the village.

“The water pressure is poor and the facilities in the village would have to be improved. People are already complaining that the infrastructure is not good enough.

“The roads around the school are also terrible.”

Semi-detached and terraced cottages, detached homes, apartments within a farm house and replica Norfolk Barns are among the units which could be built on the site. Terraced homes within a stable block arrangement are also earmarked for the site.

Four of these homes will be offered for shared ownership while 11 are proposed to be rented.

Avada says the “overwhelming” appearance of the properties will be of the traditional North Norfolk brick and flint.

The developer also says it will be enhancing the landscape by renewing boundary hedging, planting more than a hundred trees along with the creation of ponds.

A railway-themed playground is also proposed as the line terminated at the site.

The site had previously been controlled by banks and their receivers but it was brought under one ownership when purchased by Avada recently.

The developer has also asked Anglian Water to see if the network could cope with the additional homes.

Within the design and access statement, Avada says this will development will be good for the village.

It states: “This site has contributed nothing useful to West Norfolk in recent years. It is viewed as an eyesore.

“We would like to transform it into a much loved address on account of the great architecture and its beautiful surroundings.”

n Plans have also been submitted to demolish offices to make way for three detached homes at the Construction Industry Training Centre, Stanhoe Road Bircham Newton.