It has been decided by the Communities Secretary to allow the Wymondham development appeal, due to the economic and social benefits overshadowing the opposing impacts.
Funded by 390 new homes, a rugby club in Norfolk is proposing to move from its current home in Wymondham, to a purpose-built complex. Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, is in support of some earmarked for the club’s existing site.
The project was allowed by him following the recommendation form the inspector who held the recovered appeal involving the club and developer Landstock Estates and local landowners. South Norfolk Council had refused the proposals.
The site covers around 33 hectares that spreads across three parcels of land around seven kilometres from Norwich, in the north east of Wymondham.
On top of the new homes the outline scheme includes the:
- Demolition of the existing club buildings and pitches,
- A replacement club,
- New pitches,
- An artificial pitch,
- Public open space,
- Sustainable urban drainage system.
It was noted by the Secretary of State in his decision letter that the planning authority could not demonstrate a five-year supply of suitable housing sites. He also recognized the scheme would not include any development on greenfield land in part of an area designated as a strategic gap, but it was decided that the economic and social benefits outweighed the adverse impacts
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