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Plans lodged for hundreds of new homes near NDR

PUBLISHED: 13:45 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:45 15 October 2018

Lincolnshire-based developer Larkfleet Homes is seeking permission to build 550 properties on a 57- acre site to the south of Smee Lane. Photo: Luke Powell

Lincolnshire-based developer Larkfleet Homes is seeking permission to build 550 properties on a 57- acre site to the south of Smee Lane. Photo: Luke Powell

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Hundreds of homes could be built near Thorpe St Andrew as new plans emerge for land next to the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR).

Lincolnshire-based developer Larkfleet Homes is seeking permission to build 550 properties on a 57- acre site to the south of Smee Lane.

The land, which sits to the east of the Broadland Business Park, is the latest to be snapped-up by developers in the area.

Earlier this year, Landform Norwich lodged plans for 283 properties on a site directly north of Smee Lane.

Both developments, if approved, will sit alongside the NDR, now known as the Broadland Northway.

Lincolnshire-based developer Larkfleet Homes is seeking permission to build 550 properties on a 57- acre site to the south of Smee Lane. Photo: Luke PowellLincolnshire-based developer Larkfleet Homes is seeking permission to build 550 properties on a 57- acre site to the south of Smee Lane. Photo: Luke Powell

Sally Jacobs, whose property on Smee Lane is wedged between the proposals, said she accepted that new homes are needed.

“There is an element of sadness,” she added, “but you have to look forward and as we are always told, people do need a roof over their heads.”

She said the application to the north of Smee Lane will see the demolition of her family’s former nursery business, which was set up around 1920.

The business ceased as a full-time operation in 2000, she said.

The land Larkfleet is hoping to build on has been identified for mixed-use development in Broadland District Council’s growth triangle area action plan.

A mixture of one to five-bedroom homes, up to 2.5-storeys high, are proposed for the site.

Documents submitted with the application state access will be from an existing roundabout at Poppy Way and a T-junction to the north of the site at Smee Lane.

Larkfleet will also provide land for a new primary school or community facility.

“The development of our application site will also rely on a school being delivered before a number of dwellings have been occupied,” Pegasus Group said on behalf of Larkfleet.

An existing batching facility on the site will have to cease operation once the development begins.

“Tarmac is aware of the impending development of the site and associated timings,” planning papers state.

“Its lease from the landowner requires it to remove the plant and restore the site to its original condition.”

• For more information, search for application 20181601 at Broadland’s planning portal.


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