Opposition to Mulbarton housing plans continues

Parish councillors in Mulbarton said they will continue their fight against plans for a major new housing development in the village after a community consultation event at the weekend.

Peter Leigh, chairman of Mulbarton Parish Council, said the majority of people remain opposed to the proposals and many questions still needed to be answered.

John Thompson and Partners (JTP) hosted a community planning day at the village hall on Saturday, on behalf of developers Welbeck Land and Landform, where residents were invited to discuss plans for 180 new homes on a 13.7 ha (33.7 acres) site to the east of Long Lane.

Visitors had the chance to take part in workshops on topics such as layout and sustainability, in a bid to create a future 'vision' for the development.

The results from the event will be fed back to the community during a presentation at the village hall on September 20 from 7pm.

Mr Leigh said the parish council will also be putting forward its own alternative plans to the public following JTP's presentation, which includes locating any new housing towards the north of the village with its easy access to the B1113.

Objections to the development, which would be located south of Mulbarton, have involved fears over increased traffic congestion and additional pressure on the local drainage system.

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Questions have also been raised about the need for a large-scale development as Hopkins Homes continues to build more than 300 dwellings off Cuckoofield Lane.

Mr Leigh said: 'They still haven't really addressed the traffic problems. There's still a lot of questions and a lot of work to be done. And it's still a big 'no' from the village.'

Charles Campion, from JTP, said: 'It is probably fair to say that some attendees were sceptical of what to expect and perhaps even a little suspicious but within a short time they were pleasantly surprised by the format and content of the participatory process we ran.

'It enabled them to directly engage in a series of workshops exploring issues that are important to them, and to consider how future development could respond to those.'

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