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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

Illustrative view of the plans for the site between Wymondham Railway Station and the River Tiffey. Picture: Courtesy of JTP

Illustrative view of the plans for the site between Wymondham Railway Station and the River Tiffey. Picture: Courtesy of JTP

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A vision for a new 61-home estate on land between Wymondham’s railway station and the River Tiffey has been unveiled.

llustrative view of Station Avenue. It's part of the plans for the site between Wymondham Railway Station and the River Tiffey. Picture: Courtesy of JTPllustrative view of Station Avenue. It's part of the plans for the site between Wymondham Railway Station and the River Tiffey. Picture: Courtesy of JTP

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.”

Illustrative view of Tiffey Mews. It's part of the plans for the site between Wymondham Railway Station and the River Tiffey. Picture: Courtesy of JTPIllustrative view of Tiffey Mews. It's part of the plans for the site between Wymondham Railway Station and the River Tiffey. Picture: Courtesy of JTP

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.

Illustrative view of Station Green. It's part of the plans for the site between Wymondham Railway Station and the River Tiffey. Picture: Courtesy of JTPIllustrative view of Station Green. It's part of the plans for the site between Wymondham Railway Station and the River Tiffey. Picture: Courtesy of JTP

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.”

What do you think of the plans? Email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

10 comments

  • its an eyesore in its current state. Although pictures show a kids playpark near the new houses, people in Wymondham aren't too keen on that!

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    michael

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • At present, the site is an eyesore - and has been one for far too long. My only concern with the plan is that it looks as if they intend to realign the route to the station so that it actually runs through the estate. That seems like an unnecessary extra risk to pedestrians - though would move the junction a bit further away from the railway bridge, and thereby improve visibility.

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    Wymspen

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • I just LOVE the use of the word 'permeable' by planners. Its a euphemism for what we used to call 'back to backs' permeated by 'scally alleys' that the new residents will blame for their total lack of security and spend years having the damn things shut up. Then in several years time, the planners will come up with a 'new' concept of 'protected space', based upon cul-de-sacs and overlooked entrances. Plus sa change........

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    Mr Blott

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • hasn't wymondham expanded, and is continuing to do so at a rapid rate, but then it has good rail and road access, cambridge just 1 hour travel time, where homes are twice the price. but what about schools and doctors? glade i don't live there.

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    ted

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • Build them on stilts with plenty of canoe parking.

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    norfolkngood

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

  • As a Wymondham resident, I welcome this development. The site is currently an eyesore - it will be great to have housing here and cycle links between the station and the town. This is brilliant news!

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    Tarquin

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • I love the illustrative view. So many green trees it looks lovely. A shame the reality will be so different

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    Birch1

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • Seems rather a damp area to build on to me.

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    brereton

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • If you thirst paradise put up a parking lot ,or a housing estate

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • Not sure where the traffic will exit The station approach junction is not really suited for lots of traffic and it would not be very pedestrian friendly to move the pedestrian crossing, Having said that the site needs some action it is the first thing visitors arriving by train and currently is a disgrace to the town. Cannot see from diagram but I would have thought that number of homes would warrant some bungalows for those who cannot or do not want to have stairs..

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    jennifer jane

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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