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Application for new homes sparks fears for future of river valley

PUBLISHED: 13:22 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:22 19 February 2018

A general view of the River Tud in Cotessey. PHOTO; Matthew Usher

A general view of the River Tud in Cotessey. PHOTO; Matthew Usher

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Concerns have been raised over the future of a river valley following plans for new homes.

An outline application for four homes on land south of Townhouse Road in Costessey, on the edge of Norwich, has been submitted to South Norfolk Council.

The 0.5 hectare site, which could be turned into detached homes, is made up of open grassland and paddocks and sits in the River Tud Valley.

A planning statement from Brown & Co, on behalf of applicant Martin Green, said there would be a separate application for up to 16 touring caravan pitches on land south of the new homes.

This application is yet to be submitted but the caravan site and homes would share the same access off Townhouse Road.

Residents have opposed the plans on the council planning website.

Geoff Green, from Farmland Road in Costessey, said: “It is another intrusion into the Tud Valley.”

Maureen Green, from Farmland Road in Costessey, said: “The traffic on the Norwich Road is already causing congestion at peak times and the infrastructure of Costessey is now under great strain. There is no room additional development in the area.”

Rebecca Ottaway, from Townhouse Road in Costessey, said: “Townhouse Road and its rural and beautiful countryside is already under threat, from other planning applications for housing. It seems only a matter of time before the rest of the valley is swallowed up, and yet another precious haven of nature falls prey to the bulldozer, money and politics.”

Costessey Town Council is yet to make a decision on the homes application but correspondence from the council said the application was “likely to be contentious”.

The Brown & Co statement said: “Although outside the defined settlement boundary and not allocated for development, the application site is well related to the existing built form of Costessey, with established housing development immediately adjacent to the north and west...The proposal would not amount to an isolated development in the countryside.

“The proposed development would make a positive, if modest, contribution to the supply of housing in the area, and would broaden the range of housing available.”

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