Major new development at Bradwell gets green light

Bradwell village sign.

Picture: James Bass Bradwell village sign. Picture: James Bass

Saturday, May 24, 2014
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A new neighbourhood with 850 homes, a school, shops and business space will spring up south of Bradwell after plans were given the green light.

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Artist impression of the planned South Bradwell development - view from central open spaceArtist impression of the planned South Bradwell development - view from central open space

An estate will be built on land being ‘unlocked’ by the new A12/A143 link road after councillors unanimously approved Persimmon Homes plans at a meeting on Tuesday night.

This week’s approval gives Persimmon the go ahead to start phase one; building 150 homes on a 8.3 hectare area site at Wheatcroft Farm.

The remaining 700 homes, along with commercial properties and open space, have been given outline permission. While more in depth planning applications will be needed before any of the later phases can be built, the development has taken a significant step forward.

Sitting in tandem with Norfolk County Council’s link road joining the A12 at Beacon Park in Gorleston to the A143 near Bradwell, it was suggested at Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s planning meeting that the new neighbourhood would not only go a long way to solving the housing need of the borough but would create much-needed jobs, potentially up to 1,800.

Speaking at the meeting, James Alflack of Bidwells, the agent applying on behalf of Persimmon, said: “Phase one can be developed over the next three to five years and provide much needed housing supply.

“The further 700 homes would be finished alongside other factors such as a new primary school, as well as provision for further expansion. This would be a significant new employment area to expand Beacon Park.”

The link road is being funded in part by £4.7m pinch-point funding from central government, and will be built on a fast-track timetable. Work is expected to start this July, in the hope that 70pc will be completed by March 2015.

Planning officer Dean Minns said the development at south Bradwell would “help realise our economic ambitions” for the area.

During the consultation period for the plans, the borough council received a handful of objections from residents.

Other concerns raised came from the Environment Agency - who voiced fears over surface water flooding, and the RSPB - who objected on grounds that the cumulative effect of such developments could impact on the little tern colonies that breed in Winterton and Yarmouth’s North Denes. Natural England did not object, but suggested the developers make a financial contribution to protecting local wildlife.

Some 10pc of the 150 homes given approval on Tuesday will be affordable.

They will be a mixture of two, three and four bedroom properties. A school planned for the site is, however, some way off.

Mr Alflack said, using forecast data from the county council, it is unlikely it would be needed until there are people living in at least 300 homes on the site. It would be built on a one-hectare site, with adjoining land set aside for expansion.

As previously reported, the new link road will stretch 1.8km from the A12 to the A143 and among the retails plans already mooted is a new Sainsbury’s supermarket at Beacon Park. The proposed store is set to create 350 full and part-time jobs.

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