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A victory for common sense: garden town proposal gets thumbs down

CPRE Norfolk and other campaign groups are celebrating today after it emerged that Breckland Council Officers will recommend that the proposal by Lanpro for a new garden town the size of Thetford, to be built between Fakenham and Dereham be turned down.   CPRE have always taken the view that this proposal was in entirely the wrong location, with no existing infrastructure or jobs nearby to support it.   It would have also had a very detrimental effect on the prosperity of the two nearby towns.   We have robustly campaigned against this proposal since it first emerged only about a month ago and the EDP took a similar view that this was an ill thought-out, badly planned and badly located proposal.   Our Planning Campaigns Consultant Michael Rayner commented: “The proposal, such as it was, would have ripped the heart out of rural Norfolk, by being very poorly sited with no appropriate transport infrastructure and few available jobs.  Breckland are to be congratulated for taking a much-needed commonsense and pragmatic view.   This proposal was not the right answer to the question of housing needs.”

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