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More growth planned as bid to build 390 homes in Wymondham is submitted

08:53 14 May 2014

South Norfolk Council hold a consultation discussing the future growth of Wymondham.

South Norfolk Council hold a consultation discussing the future growth of Wymondham.

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A planning application for 390 new homes in Wymondham has been submitted.

The proposal by Wymondham Rugby Football Club and Landstock Estates Ltd and Landowners would see the rugby club relocated from Tuttles Lane East to farmland off Melton Road.

Ninety homes would be built in its place, with 300 more earmarked for Norwich Common.

The council has received letters objecting to the plans, with concerns mainly related to traffic levels in the town.

One said: “We are particularly concerned about the build -up of traffic on Tuttles Lane, a single carriageway and the only access to the A11 north of Wymondham.”

Another described the potential traffic increase as “horrendous” and questioned whether the schools would be able to accommodate extra students.

South Norfolk Council unanimously rejected proposals for up to 350 houses off Norwich Common in Wymondham in 2011 after concerns were raised about the erosion of the greenfield gap between Wymondham and Hethersett.

Colin Foulger, Wymondham town mayor, said that it was too early to comment on the plans.

“There is too much to be factored in and too many questions to be answered at the moment,” he said.

Joe Mooney, county councillor for Wymondham, urged residents to get in touch with their views.

He said: “I would encourage local residents and other interested parties to send in their views about the proposal to South Norfolk Council planning department.”

The town’s growth has been at the centre of debate in recent years, with its population almost doubling over the last decade. According to Census data, 12,539 lived in the town in 2001. Today, UK Crime Stats puts it at 23,120.

A Wymondham Area Action Plan designed by district councillors is set to build a further 2,200 homes before 2026, although South Norfolk Council confirmed that the land identified for the relocation of the Rugby Club is outside of the action plan.

It has prompted questions about whether the town’s services can cope with the influx.

A decision on the plans is expected within three months.

Do you have a Wymondham story? Contact lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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