Chairman of Hethersett Parish Council resigns over planning decision

Yesterday’s news was covered today in the Evening News and BBC. In a further frustrating development we read this afternoon in the EDP that Gary Wyatt, Chairman of the Hethersett Parish Council’s planning committee has resigned as a result of the decision.

“I felt I needed to make a stand,” he said. “I have absolutely no argument with Hethersett Parish Council – it is just the frustration with parish councils in general that we seem unable to influence anything that goes on.

“We are the people on the ground, and we know the reactions of people around us, but we seem impotent when it comes to something like this which will increase the size of this village by 50pc.

“This kind of thing makes a complete nonsense of the government’s idea of localism. We are the most local form of government, yet we have no influence or powers when it comes to the really big, important decisions that affect us.”

It’s a sad day when someone who cares about our village feels they have to resign because we can’t have our say.

Our own James Utting said “We have consulted our professional planning consultant to see what options are available – we will maintain as much pressure against this inappropriate development as we are able,”

“The application is wrong for many other reasons, but possibly our over-riding concern is that residents voices have been ignored and elected councillors, when provided with a good opportunity and strong grounds to stem the flow of unwelcome and unnecessary expansion, have favoured the development lobby – not the people they are there to represent.”

According to the BBC story there were more than 100 letters of objection.

You can see the Council Agenda from yesterday (and who made the decision) here: South Norfolk Council Development Management Committee Agenda

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South Norfolk Council approves planning application

Unfortunately we have just heard that South Norfolk Council have approved the planning application by Hethersett Land. 8 voted in favour, 1 against, 1 abstention.
This is obviously extremely disappointing news as it will no doubt affect all of us in our lovely village as we deal with increased traffic and demand on our facilities.
The lack of proactive information from South Norfolk Council has been frustrating. Thanks to Phil for keeping us informed. Hopefully we’ll hear more details so that we can influence how the development is implemented.
We’ll try to keep you informed.

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I’ve submitted my response – have you?

Consultation on the proposed Hethersett development locations closes on Friday so you’ll need to be quick.

It’s pretty easy to respond. Register on the consultation site, if you haven’t already for the other consultations, then from the Hethersett section of the consultation document scroll down and pick the most appropriate question (if in doubt you can respond to Please give us your views on the Preferred Option site), give the reference for the site (if in doubt choose 950a which is the largest site and the one relating to the application from Hethersett Land) and click on the pencil to access the form and submit your comments.

You can also view the comments and objections already submitted by clicking on the magnifying glass next to the question.

Whatever your concerns please make sure you submit them to South Norfolk Council as part of this consultation.

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Less than a week to have your say!

Feedback on the proposed locations for development in Hethersett closes on 26 October.  So make sure you email your feedback to or complete the online form available as part of the consultation when you register.
South Norfolk Council can only assess your feedback if you provide it!

Help keep Hethersett a good place to live.

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“I remember when it was all fields round here”

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

The deadline is 26 October. Please make your views known.

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Next phase of consultation on locations for development opens 3 September

South Norfolk Council has announced the next phase of consultation on where housing should go in South Norfolk and we’ll have an opportunity to comment on the Preferred sites for development between 3 September – 26 October.

South Norfolk Council will be at Hethersett Village Hall on Wednesday 12th September between 3pm – 7pm to provide more information.

South Norfolk Council reviewed the comments from previous consultations and presented their preferred options to cabinet earlier in the summer. This is now our opportunity to comment on those preferred options.

You can find the relevant documents and link to make your comments on the South Norfolk website here  (you will be able to comment from 3 September but not yet).

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South Norfolk Council preferred development locations in Hethersett

As recently reported in the EDP, South Norfolk Council is now publishing its preferred locations for new developments in South Norfolk, including in Hethersett. The proposals will be discussed at Cabinet on Monday 11 June.

You can read all the documents (there are a lot!) here:

South Norfolk Cabinet Papers 11 June 2012

The most interesting is probably the map of South Norfolk Council’s preferred locations which shows space for 1226 new houses in Hethersett (presumably 1,000 + 226 ‘floating’ allocation). Unfortunately this seems to include most of the land in the Hethersett Land planning application 2011/1804 application for 1196 houses.

It looks like there will be a further eight weeks of consultation from September. Hopefully another chance to have our say. We need to make sure that, even if we can’t stop this many houses being built in Hethersett, we do get the improved facilities that will be absolutely crucial to support that many new residents without spoiling our village.

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