‘Dangerous’ Little Plumstead crossroads could be replaced with roundabout in new 84-home scheme
PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:30 04 January 2018
A “dangerous” village crossroads could be replaced with a roundabout as part of a proposed new housing development.
Norwich-based developer Glavenhill Strategic Land is seeking permission to build 84 homes on land west of Salhouse Road, in Little Plumstead.
As part of the scheme, it is proposing to construct a new mini roundabout at the junction near the Brick Kilns pub.
It comes after the pub’s owner and parish councillors previously expressed concern over the safety of the crossroads. Back in 2016, a car ended up in the pub’s dining room after being involved in a crash at the Norwich Road and Salhouse Road junction.
Less than four weeks later and three vehicles were involved in another collision at the same location.
The main housing development is proposed for a 17-acre site just south of the crossroads, and on the northern edge of the village.
It will be accessed off Salhouse Road, and will consist of both houses and bungalows.
Lanpro, on behalf of the developer, said around 194 people could one day live on the new estate.
In regard to the proposed roundabout, it said the development “represents the only likelihood of the roundabout being delivered”.
“There are no other means by which this will come forward, which is evidenced by the need for it having been identified around 10 years ago but no delivery,” Lanpro said in planning papers lodged with Broadland District Council.
The council’s highways authority had initially suggested that a larger roundabout was more appropriate for the crossroads.
But it would require third-party land for its construction, which is not in the control of the developer or the council.
Lanpro said the mini-roundabout plans have been through an audit process which found it to be safe.
In the village’s neighbourhood plan, a roundabout is listed as one of the community aspirations.
The plan states: “The junction has for sometime been identified as dangerous.
“There have been a number of accidents recorded at the junction as a result of excessive speed and poor visibility.”
The neighbourhood plan said that while most accidents were noted as minor, one involved a “police car crashing into the main wall of the public house”.