17/04/20: £34m infrastructure investment package and new link road secured as Attleborough's expansion is given the green light

Planning permission for up to 4,000 new homes on the edge of Attleborough has been formally issued by Breckland Council after a £34m community investment agreement was reached with the developer.

The money will fund the construction of new primary schools and invest in the existing Attleborough Academy. A new linear park, allotments, and open green spaces will be created, a community centre constructed, and contributions made to support indoor sport, libraries and public transport provision in the town.

In addition to funding improvements to existing road junctions, public transport, cycle and pedestrian routes, agreement has also been reached for the developer to fund construction of a new link road.

This will connect Buckenham Road and London Road, while a new footbridge will be built over the railway at Leys Lane crossing. Both the link road and railway crossing will be in place by the time the 1,200 home is built.

Breckland Council agreed to grant planning permission in March 2019. However, this was subject to agreement over funding for community resources, known as a Section 106 agreement, which has now concluded. The development will include up to 4,000 homes, of which up to 400 will be classed as 'affordable', to help first-time buyers get on the property ladder.

Having now issued outline planning permission for the overall development, it is expected that applications for full planning permission (which includes more specific details on the design of the houses) will be submitted to the council within around two years, with construction work on the development taking place within 4-5 years.

Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Planning, said: "I'm delighted that we've secured major investment in local infrastructure as well as the link road that so many residents were keen to see put in place. Significant growth in Attleborough is of key strategic importance to the district and will help to ensure we can meet the future demand for new homes from Breckland's growing families."

A spokesperson from developer Ptarmigan Land, commented: "The issuing of the outline planning consent for the Attleborough Sustainable Urban Extension marks a major milestone in the delivery of this exciting development. The strategic infrastructure this scheme delivers will benefit not just the town but the wider local area. Ptarmigan are very proud of the high quality scheme that planning has been secured for and look forward to progressing the scheme to the next stage."

The Section 106 agreement and Decision Notice includes provision for:

  • Up to 4,000 new dwellings
  • Link road connecting Buckenham Road and London Road
  • Up to two new primary schools, subject to demand
  • Linear park including playing fields, allotments, open green spaces and other amenity areas
  • New and improved infrastructure, including road junctions, public transport, cycle and pedestrian routes
  • Provision of Community Centre
  • Footbridge at Leys Lane over the railway
  • Contributions towards indoor sport, libraries and public transport.
  • Provision of sites for self-build dwellings

The full Section 106 agreement can be viewed on Breckland Council's website.

Last updated: 17/04/2020 17:30:37