Infrastructure investment, including a by-pass road is linked to a plan for new housing at Long Stratton, Norfolk. The scheme would turn the village which straggles along the A140, the main route from Ipswich to Norwich, into a small town
The masterplan for the building of 1,800 homes includes an eastern by-pass, land for employment, leisure facilities and open spaces.
Long Stratton has been campaigning for a by-pass for many years as traffic through the village regularly grinds to a near standstill. Yesterday morning Radio Norfolk was reporting roadworks were causing a jam stretching back most of the way to Pulham Market. In the afternoon the longer queue was for southbound traffic.
The infrastructure investment is unclear but the Eastern Daily Press estimates the cost of the new road at £20 million. The employment land could provide 1,700 jobs and generate £2m a year in business rates.
John Fuller, leader of South Norfolk Council, told the paper:
There may be some horse trading about the number of homes that need to be completed before the bypass is done. This is not just any old road, it is the road that links Norwich and Ipswich. It has got to be a bypass – this time we are serious. It will finally stop all those tailbacks.
As we were making this decision we were losing one resident of Long Stratton per year who died on that road, and something has got to change.
We have never been closer and we are within touching distance. By part-funding it we are earning a seat at the table, but it is a team effort. We would hope within three years somebody will be cutting the ribbon.”
A spokesman for the developers told the BBC: “Whilst the registering of the applications is a big step forward, there is still a significant amount of work to be done to guarantee the delivery of this much-needed infrastructure and housing,”
The existing population of Long Stratton is nearly twice that of Debenham. This scheme demonstrates joined up thinking about planning to meet new housing needs which is entirely missing from the Taylor Wimpey plans for 640 houses in Debenham which would increase the size of the village by two-thirds.
In Debenham the plans which have been under discussion with Mid Suffolk Council for more than a year include nothing on the infrastructure needed to support such a huge increase in the size of the village.
The Long Sutton scheme looks like looks like sustainable development while what is proposed for Debenham is clearly unsustainable if we use the definition of “sustainable” used by the Government – “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”