December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
The vicar of Wymondham Abbey has blasted an appeal to build new homes in the area, saying it would be “akin to building upon the meadows which surround Salisbury Cathedral”.
A planning inquiry is being held after Hertfordshire-based Fairfield partnership appealed a decision by South Norfolk Council, which refused outline planning permission for up to 70 new homes on the greenfield site in Chapel Lane, Wymondham.
Speaking yesterday on behalf of the council and trustees of Wymondham Abbey, the Friends of Wymondham Abbey and the Abbey Preservation Trust, The Rev Canon Christopher Davies, said: “In our opinion, to develop the Tiffey Valley would be akin to building upon the meadows which surround Salisbury Cathedral – an act of short term financial expediency for which future generations would rightly condemn us.”
Appellants have said there is a need for new homes in the area and that development would open up public access to the valley and provide better views of the abbey.
Terry Povey, speaking on behalf of the Friends of the Tiffey Valley, a campaign group opposing the plans, said: “I wish to make it abundantly clear to the planning inspector the very special place which the TIffey Valley occupies in the minds and hearts of Wymondham people.
“They see it as part of their heritage.
“It has always been there as an unspoilt place on the edge of the town with a wealth of wildlife. It is a strikingly beautiful area of open countryside which forms a deeply romantic setting for Wymondham Abbey.”
The campaigners were also supported by Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman.
The inquiry continues.