It’s become a bit of an in-joke for my husband and I to say that to each other as we drive from Hethersett to Little Melton these days. Because that’s what we’ll all be saying in a few years time.
I grew up in Hethersett and I fondly remember playing outside our house, walking with friends to the shops to buy sweets with our pocket money and, when I was a bit older, going for bike rides through the country lanes. It was a good place to live and, having moved back two years ago, I’d like to keep it that way.
Over the past 12 months or so I’ve seen residents passionately opposing the developments at meetings, frustrated that the only people really benefitting from the development are the landowners and developers. But there are also still people in the village who seem to think there is nothing they can do.
At the recent meeting at the village hall, I spoke to one of the planning officers at South Norfolk Council who was very keen to hear our views on the planned development locations. Even if the new developments are inevitable, it is up to us residents to make sure that they don’t spoil our village.
So whatever your concerns about the developments – whether it’s where the roads will be positioned, whether there will be enough provision for schools or for healthcare, whether you’ll still be able to bike through the countryside or whether your children will be safe on the roads of the village, please make your views known by 26 October.
The documents online ask a number of specific questions around the proposed locations, one of which is “Please give us your views on the Preferred Option site”. The more people that provide their views, and the more specific the views, the more notice South Norfolk Council will take.
To view the proposals and respond you can access an online form by clicking on this link then click on Hethersett to see the council’s preferred development locations. To provide your response you’ll need to register, but then you just click on the pencil next to the questions to access the response form. If that all sounds too complicated then you can email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is 26 October. Please make your views known.