Plans for 61 new homes between Wymondham Railway Station and River Tiffey are unveiled
PUBLISHED: 20:01 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:14 21 March 2017
A vision for a new 61-home estate on land between Wymondham’s railway station and the River Tiffey has been unveiled.
London-based architects and masterplanners JTP has announced plans for the 4.1 acre site, after South Norfolk Council (SNC) granted outline planning permission for a residential project there at the start of March.
Ian Fenn, a partner at JTP, said the development would serve to reconnect Wymondham town centre to the railway station.
Mr Fenn said 35pc of the homes would be classed as affordable housing.
He said: “It celebrates the rich heritage of the context by preserving key views towards the River Tiffey and the listed buildings adjacent to the railway station, and by creating a welcoming, permeable community with pedestrian and cycle routes leading through.”
The plans include a central access road called Station Avenue, an open space called Station Green and a green corridor along the river called Tiffey Mews.
Mr Fenn said: “The homes are set within three distinct character areas driven by their respective individual contexts - Station Avenue creates a sense of arrival from the railway station to the South through high quality landscaping and framed views to the listed buildings and the River Tiffey.
“Station Green provides a breathing space with a range of informal play spaces for children, and Tiffey Mews creates a soft green edge with an ecological corridor along the River Tiffey.”
The plans were commissioned by Surrey-based developer Mountleigh Development Holdings, which lodged two previous applications for the site - in 2002 and 2009 - but both were refused.
However, unlike those attempts, this application does not include a bid to build commercial space.
At this month’s SNC planning meeting, councillor and town mayor Joe Mooney said of the site: “It has been lying vacant for many years and the people of Wymondham expect to see something fairly soon.”
Mr Fenn said: “A public exhibition was held to obtain feedback from local residents, which helped to define the place-making principles employed.”
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