Fakenham plans outlined

Fakenham new homes ANL-141017-115915001
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Revised plans to provide 900 new homes to the north of Fakenham are available for public consultation until next Monday, October 27.

A similar submission in 2012 highlighted key concerns relating to traffic management and circulation, streets, parking and pedestrian connections and the location of open spaces.

Opinions expressed at that time have led to a number of significant amendments. The 85 hectare site lies between Rudham Stile Lane and the A148 northern bypass on land which is currently used for mainly agricultural purposes.

Included in the development proposals are a primary school, a community hall, playgrounds and recreation areas which may incorporate cricket and football fields, tennis courts and a bowling green.

There will be some office space on the main avenue through the estate and a light industry complex away from residential areas.

The revised plans may be seen at www.northnorfolk.org/fakenhamdevbrief or at Fakenham Connect during normal office hours.

Opinions on the development can be submitted to Major Developments Team, North Norfolk District Council, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EN or by email to majordevelopments@north-norfolk.gov.uk

In another development, around 84 houses could be built on a former poultry farm on the northern outskirts of Fakenham. Planning permission is being sought by Norwich-based Lanpro Services to develop three hectares of land off Rudham Stile Lane adjacent to an unmade track known as Grove Lane.

Philip Atkinson from Lanpro told the town council that there would be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached dwellings. About a quarter of the development would be affordable homes.

The site currently had 16 agricultural buildings on it, most of which had been abandoned. One was still actively used for poultry and there was a bungalow in the south east corner.

Councillors expressed their concerns about traffic flows along Rudham Stile Lane, particularly during school term-times. They also thought that the road might be made one-way and benefit from widening.

Clr Richard Smith sought reassurance on parking provision with a suggested two-car space for each property. Mr Atkinson advised that a consultation period was available until October 30 with full details of the plans at Fakenham Connect during normal office hours.