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  • 1. your town ...prepared July 2012
  • 2. your town
  • 3. Reepham could change massively over the next fifteen years. At least 100 new houses – and perhaps as many as 250 – could be built as part of Broadland District Council’s Local Development Framework. What do YOU think about this?
  • 4. Could Reepham’s roads, schools and other facilities cope? How would town-edge estates affect the landscape? What about the natural environment? Would Reepham become less attractive to visitors? Who would really benefit?
  • 5. Why so many new homes? Ambitious 37,000 ‘target’ for Norwich area set by Greater Norwich Development Partnership Government gave them a chance to reduce this target – but they declined! District councils wish to finalise allocation of land for development by spring 2014 Under the government Homes Bonus scheme, district councils receive equivalent of six years’ Council Tax for each new home built! Over-supply of new homes could affect property values.
  • 6. Why on greenfield sites? Because there is not enough space within the settlement limit for 100+ more houses Because it is more profitable for developers – lower costs compared to brownfield sites Because it is easier for the local authority to manage a small number of large development sites Because it is far more profitable for landowners to build on land than to farm it!
  • 7. Did you know ... That outline planning permission has been granted for over 40 new homes on sites within the Reepham settlement limit, in recent times. Should these be prioritised for building before greenfield? That 95% of the levy collected from development in Reepham by Broadland District Council may be spent elsewhere … mostly on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road and the Long Stratton Bypass. This doesn’t leave much for our town … which will then have many more residents!
  • 8. What about our community? Will estates on the town edge ever really become part of Reepham … especially if people living there work and shop elsewhere … and if their young children cannot attend Reepham Primary School because it is full? Would major development replace our independent food shops with supermarkets? Would Reepham lose the special charm that visitors love so much?
  • 9. Let’s ask for REALISTIC options for future development which keep our town alive and distinctive
  • 10. Let’s ask for REALISTIC options for future development which keep our town alive and distinctive … and protect its beautiful landscape setting.