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London-based developer seeking to build 550 homes near Norwich

PUBLISHED: 09:03 24 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:11 24 December 2017

A rough map showing where the new houses could be built. Photo: Google.

A rough map showing where the new houses could be built. Photo: Google.

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A London-based property developer is seeking to build up to 550 homes near Thorpe St Andrew.

The scheme would cover more than 60 acres of land to the south of Smee Lane, which is located east of Broadland Business Park.

To the west of the site lies the proposed route for the Northern Distributor Road where it joins the A47 at Postwick.

Information about the proposals is briefly outlined in a 17-page environmental impact assessment scoping report, put together on behalf of the applicant Ifield Estates.

The report, which was submitted to Broadland District Council, states a hybrid planning application will be made to the local authority.

It will provide full details of the first 150 homes for the site and will include an outline application for a further 400 homes.

The report said a hybrid application will ensure development “can be delivered early”.

The land chosen for the scheme has been identified for “mixed-use” development in Broadland’s Growth Triangle Area Action Plan.

Pegasus Group, writing on behalf of the applicant, has outlined what information will be contained within the application’s environmental statement.

It said the proposals could give rise to “significant environmental effects” in regard to transport, access and nature conservation.

No date is given for when the application will be submitted.

Back in February a similar report was submitted to Broadland for land directly north of the site.

Developer Barton Willmore was proposing to build around 320 homes and a new primary school north of Smee Lane.

Earlier in the year, a spokesman for the company said formal plans would be submitted to the local authority in summer 2017, but an application is yet to come through.

The scheme would include family homes and a two-form primary school and early years nursery.

In papers submitted to Broadland, the developer stated that 300 homes were originally “scoped” for the site, but it was then increased to 320.

• To view the scoping report for the 550-home scheme, search 20172211 on Broadland District Council’s planning website.

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