Fury over Heacham housing plan meeting
A consultation over a housing development that could increase the size of a village by 12 per cent was poorly advertised, villagers claims.
A meeting is being hosted by developers Townsfolk and Broadland Housing tonight to present plans for hundreds of homes on fields to the south of Heacham, off the A149.
Linda Layfeild, 57, who believes her home in Woodside Avenue will back on to the proposed site, said: “I’m absolutely appalled.
“There is talk of hundreds of homes being built on the edges of Heacham and the people of Heacham just aren’t aware of it.
“It is a huge area that they are proposing for housing and it is just scary. For 32 years we have enjoyed this wonderful outlook at the back of our house.”
Philippa Sewell, Heacham Parish Council clerk, said the parish council did not support the plan, which developers had previously indicated would include around 300 homes. The village currently has around 2,400.
She said: “Whilst we have to be realistic and there may well be some areas of the village envelope extended in this local development framework, the residents really do not support any large scale development.”
A joint statement from the developers said: “The scheme will provide high quality purpose built accommodation for the elderly and a new care home.
“It also includes a mix of affordable and market dwellings, new commercial space, a new village green and equipped play areas. The scheme includes innovative sustainable measures for surface water drainage and energy.”
The meeting will be held 5pm to 7pm tonight (Thursday, December 13) at St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Heacham.
The proposals will then be on display at Heacham library from Monday to Thursday.
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