Development bid could see Attleborough historic right of way blocked to road users

PUBLISHED: 09:46 14 August 2014 | UPDATED: 13:49 14 August 2014

Members of the community gathered to protest against the potential plans to close Carver's Lane.

Members of the community gathered to protest against the potential plans to close Carver's Lane.


A controversial bid which could see vehicles blocked from a historic right of way in Attleborough has been dubbed a “disaster waiting to happen”.

Plans from Norfolk Homes would see 91 houses built on Bracken Drive, and would pedestrianise neighbouring Carver’s Lane.

The secluded lane, which dates back to the 1700s, is often used by emergency services avoiding town centre congestion.

Andy Heginbotham works for Norfolk Fire and Rescue service, and moved to Carver’s Lane earlier this year.

He said: “Part of the reason I moved here was because it was easy for work - it’s quick for me to get on to the A11 if I’m called out.

“The route saves minutes for us - which in this job can be the difference between life and death.”

Sarah Seaman, of West Carr Road, said that the closure of the lane could “cost lives”.

“The closure of this lane will increase travel time for ambulances attending 999 calls, who will either have to go through town which is regularly gridlocked or weave their way through cars parked on narrow housing estate roads,” she said.

The picturesque lane is also enjoyed by dog walkers and families - a luxury which will be removed if an application is successful.

Councillor Tony Crouch said: “This could affect so many people. I don’t know what gives them the right to close off a historial right of way. This could affect emergency services, families - everyone. There is no need to close this road down to build the houses.

“We understand that development needs to happen but it needs to be in the right place at the right time.”

Concerns over floodwater drainage and traffic issues for those living on Bryony Way, West Carr Road and Honeysuckle Way were also raised.

Mr Crouch added: “There has just been too much development. People are worried.”

Norfolk Homes has asked Norfolk County Council to prepare a draft Traffic Regulation Order to allow the closure.

The council is currently preparing the TRO for public consultation, where residents are encouraged to share their objections.

A spokesperson for the council said: “When the consultation does take place it will provide people who object or wish to comment on the proposed changes with an opportunity to make their views known. Norfolk County Council will take account of all comments before deciding whether or not the TRO should be sealed.”

The final decision on the housing development will be made by Breckland District Council.

At an Attleborough Town Council meeting, councillors stated their objections to the plans - but added they could not provide an official comment until an application has been submitted.

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  • The person named Steady On said "Nimbyism". Actual knowledge of the area would tell them otherwise but there’s nothing like a sensational and generalised sound bite. There's 371 Taylor Wimpey houses already going up in our "back yard" and we're currently campaigning to keep a public road open as an important route around an often gridlocked town. ...which is used around ten times each week by blue-light ambulances. If we were Nimbys, we'd ask them to put in speed humps to slow down the boygirl racers but that could also slow the ambulances. If we were Nimbys, we'd want them to shut down the lane to reduce traffic on our road as they'd go an easier route (even with the extra cars from the planned development). For now, let’s concentrate on the road closure and put aside the 91 houses that Norfolk Homes have planned to the front of us, the heavy construction traffic we can expect to mill around our homes six days a week for the next 8-10 years, the trees with preservation orders that are going to be torn down, the dual carriageway sound barrier that’s going to be removedthinned to make room for more profitplots, the owls, skylarks, house martins, bats, bee colonies and bee orchids that will be displaced, the existing problems we have with gardens flooding which will be compounded by the fact that more soil will be concreted over with homes that will be on mains drainage while we're all still relying on the high water table to not overflow our septic tanks, the falling mains water pressure on an already overloaded system and finally the poor people who bought into the Norfolk Homes sales pitch of houses in cul-de-sacs or on country lanes which now won’t be. …but if the planning application does eventually get put in, THEN you’ll see Nimbys! …and I’ll be proud to call myself one!

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Please note that i am a resident of Carvers lane and attended the meeting as such. My Views as a Town Councillor will be aired at the Meeting when this is a item on the Ajenda. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.Then every body can have their say. I have not been sent any envelopes.

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Ignoring the fact that this will effect those who already live there. The closing & destruction of historic rights of way is wrong. This roadway is probably the oldest surviving thing in that community, it's very existence has formed that community & shaped the development in that area. Old roads & pathways are as valuable to our history & the understanding of the surrounding landscape as the buildings that spring up around those pathways. Yet here we see, yet again, a part of our historic landscape about to be ripped up. The archaeology of our landscape is as important as the archaeology below that landscape or the buildings & ancient trees, that also inhabit the landscape. Just because this is not a Roman road or a Golden Torc it does not mean it is of no archaeological value..

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Nimbyism at its finest.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • "Norfolk Homes has asked Norfolk County Council to prepare a draft Traffic Regulation Order to allow the closure." And the envelopes have already been sent to the councillors.

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Poorly written article, turns out is is Attleborough. Maybe that should have been in the first paragraph. Not a reporter just a thought though.

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • .....Would be interesting Lauren if we knew where Carver's Lane was!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

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