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Possible location for new village in Norfolk is revealed

PUBLISHED: 07:58 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:16 26 June 2017

The fields around Honingham Thorpe could be home to a new village.

Picture: Nick Butcher

The fields around Honingham Thorpe could be home to a new village. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The possible location for a new village in Norfolk has been revealed, ahead of the public being asked for their views on where 8,900 homes should be built over the next 20 years.

About 48,500 new homes need to be built in Greater Norwich - the area covered by Norwich City Council, Broadland and South Norfolk - by 2036, according to consultants brought in by council bosses.

While the sites for nearly 40,000 of those homes has been established through various blueprints, that leaves sites for 8,900 yet to be identified.

The public will, in October, be asked to help decide where the others should go.

Among the options likely to be consulted upon are the possibility of a new 1,000 home village.

And land at Honingham Thorpe, between Honingham and Easton, has emerged as a possible site.

The various councils had asked landowners, developers and the public to put forward possible sites for development.

Brown and Co, on behalf of clients, has put forward 892 acres of land in Honingham Thorpe.

A potential 534 acres could become housing, while 35.5 acres could be used for employment, with a 200 acre country park and a nature reserve of just under nine acres.

Council officers stressed that, although the site has been put forward, it does not mean homes will be built there. And they said other options could come forward.

At a meeting on Friday, council leaders and offices looked at a string of options of where 8,900 houses could be built.

An extra 1,500 are likely to be in Norwich, on top of the 7,700 already allocated, with a further 200 in Sprowston and Thorpe St Andrew.

A further 1,000 are likely to be spread among towns such as Diss, Aylsham, Wymondham, Long Stratton and villages such as Hethersett, Poringland, Blofield and Brundall.

A further 1,200 could be allocated for smaller villages, but that still leaves 5,000 homes to be allocated.

Options include: concentrating all 5,000 near Norwich; along the Norwich to Cambridge tech corridor (such as in areas near the Norwich Research Park and the proposed Food Hub at Easton); along other key transport routes or spreading them out among numerous towns and villages.

Public consultation is likely to take place in October.

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