Published: Thursday, 15th September 2016
Communities secretary allows Wymondham development appeal, concluding that the adverse impacts did not outweigh the economic and social benefits of the scheme…
A Norfolk rugby club’s proposals to move from its existing home in the country town of Wymondham to a new purpose-built complex which will be funded by the building of 390 new homes, some earmarked for the club’s existing site, have been backed by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
He has allowed the project as recommended by the inspector who held the recovered appeal involving the club and developer Landstock Estates and local landowners. The proposals had been refused by South Norfolk Council.
The total site is some 33-hectares in extent across three parcels of land on the north east flank of Wymondham, around seven kilometres from the outskirts of Norwich.
As well as the new homes, a third of which would be affordable, the outline scheme involved the demolition of the existing club buildings and pitches and a replacement club, pitches (including an artificial one), public open space and sustainable urban drainage systems.
In his decision letter the Secretary of State noted that the planning authority could not demonstrate a five-year supply of suitable housing sites. Javid also acknowledged that the scheme would involve development on greenfield land in part of an area designated as a strategic gap.
However, he concluded that the adverse impacts did not outweigh the economic benefits of the scheme and the social benefits of the housing.