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Developers Leaflet Village

The developers of a controversial new housing scheme in Hethersett have sent leaflets to home owners asking for their comments.

George Wimpey have been granted outlining planning permission for the development off Myrtle Road despite objections from the parish, district and county councils and also residents.

The leaflet informs villagers that the company are progressing towards the submission of a full planning application and wish to "undertake consultation with the local community on the next phase."

The proposals are for

97 units of housing (ranging from 2 to 4 bed flats and houses) of which 24 are described as "affordable", 16 would be available for rent and the remaining 8 would be available for shared equity which means between the occupants and a housing association. The developers state that this is intended for those (mainly young) people who are priced out of the property market.

Public open space on the north-west corner of the site.

Provision of a children's play area

The upgrading of the existing footway in Cedar Road to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists.

It is unlikely that the leaflet will help to quell fears in the village about the unsuitability of the area for development and also the additional strain such a development would put on already stretched resources.

There now seems to be a feeling of inevitability about the new development, however, with a Government minister refusing to meet with interested parties to review the decision of the planning inspector.

The phrase fait accompli springs to mind.

If you have strong views on the development why not discuss them by leaving a message on the noticeboard which can be accessed by clicking on the link on the left hand side of this page.

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