Work has started on demolishing a bungalow as part of scheme to widen a junction at a major housing development.

Anglian Demolition and Asbestos has begun work to tear down the boarded-up home at Broomhill in Reepham to make way for the extension of the junction of Broomhill Lane on Whitwell Road.

The bungalow's demolition is part of Lovell Homes approved plans to construct 141 homes on land west of Broomhill Lane.

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The development was given the green light back in 2022 and the demolition of the site was approved last May.

In documents supporting the application, it stated that Broomhill Lane will be upgraded to a six-metre-wide carriageway with a 20mph speed limit with traffic calming and improved junction visibility onto Whitwell Road.

Lovell had submitted plans to build two new homes on the land where the bungalow sits.

However, an extension of time for that application was granted, with an email to Broadland District Council from Lovell, stating: “Following demolition, we will then decide on what amendments we will make to the designs before re-submitting them."

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Paul Mitchell, chair of Reepham Town Council, said: “I am aware several people were unhappy with the demolition of the bungalow, and it is fair to say there are mixed feelings in the town about the development as a whole. 

“The council expressed its concerns about the increase in traffic on School Road, Townsend Corner and the junction with the B1145 that could be caused as a result of the development, as well as the access next to the high school and already considerable traffic on Whitwell Road, particular at the school's opening and closing times with cars and buses.”

Dereham Times: The bungalow has been torn downThe bungalow has been torn down (Image: Denise Bradley)