“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 lp@s-norfolk.gov.uk

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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1226 houses for Hethersett?

A news story in the EDP this morning reveals that South Norfolk Council has revealed its preferred sites for development including 1226 across Hethersett. More detail as soon as we can find it.

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Planning decision delayed until September but site specific allocations to be published this week

Yesterday the EDP reported that The Highways Agency has requested more information from the developers and has a holding objection in place until 31 August, meaning South Norfolk Council cannot determine the application until the objection is lifted.

However, following the consultation last year, South Norfolk Council is due to publish the site specific land allocations – where South Norfolk’s allocation of housing could be built – this Thursday. This will indicate whether this plot of land is considered appropriate.

South Norfolk Council leader John Fuller said: “This week, we publish the results of our work with our community on finding places for new homes and jobs growth. That will include Hethersett and elsewhere.

“The developers interested in Hethersett are being premature in their application to build homes by not waiting for us to announce where we want new homes to go. But they are entitled to put in an application and we have a duty to determine it. We are awaiting views from the Highways Agency.”

You can read the full story here: EDP24 We’ll update after Thursday.

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Gladedale plans for 160 new homes on Great Melton Road

If you didn’t get a chance to get along to the exhibition at the Methodist Church Hall today you can view Gladedale’s plans here: http://dpp-projects.com/hethersett/index.html

You can see the proposed plan and architectural treatment here: http://dpp-projects.com/hethersett/haveyoursay/march2012.php

Comments and queries can be made to: hethersett@dpp-ltd.com

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New proposed residential development in Hethersett

Hethersett residents today received notification that Gladedale Estates Ltd are proposing to build around 160 houses on land located on the northern side of Great Melton Road near Glengary Close.

This is not part of the Hethersett Land proposals.

The proposals will be available to view at the Methodist Church Hall, Great Melton Road on Thursday 8th March 2012 between 2pm and 8pm. Representatives from the development team will be available to answer questions and record issues. The planning application is expected to be submitted to South Norfolk District Council towards the end of March/beginning of April.

Once again, this planning application is being made before South Norfolk District Council have made decisions on where the 10,500 new homes in the area are going to be built. The latest update is that SNDC will consult on the shortlist in May.

If both this development and the Hethersett Land proposal get the green light that could mean 1356 new houses in Hethersett.

We strongly recommend that residents go along to the exhibition on Thursday 8th March so we can have our say on this new proposal.

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