Planning committee to consider application for 4,000 new homes in Attleborough

Breckland Council’s Planning Committee is taking to the road for a special meeting in Attleborough, to discuss the growth of the town.

The committee will meet at the Connaught Rooms on 15 March (from 9.30am) to discuss an application for outline planning permission for up to 4,000 new homes to be built on the outskirts of Attleborough. The major development, known as a strategic urban extension (SUE) has been widely discussed and consulted upon in the past by the applicant, Ptarmigan. It is now being presented to the Planning Committee for consideration and approval of planning permission. In light of the scale of the application, the meeting will be dedicated to this single application and, like all planning committee meetings, will be open to public attendance.

In addition to the proposed housing, the application also includes proposals to introduce key infrastructure, including the provision of a new local centre and two neighbourhood centres, two new primary schools, a footbridge over the Leys Lane level crossing, a new Linear Park running through the development and a link road from London Road to Old Buckenham Road.

A Breckland spokesperson commented: “Attleborough has been earmarked for significant growth for some time and this plan will play its part in the overall local plan delivery. Any member of the public wishing to speak at the consultation needs to pre-register by email  [email protected]”. The Committee Agenda will be available  to view from 7th March 2019 on

Co-option to Councillor Vacancy

The parish council have received confirmation from Breckland District Council that they may co-opt to one of the current councillor vacancies.

To be able to stand as a candidate in England you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and
  • meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
  1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
  2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination.
  3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination has been in the parish/community area.
  4. You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination.

If you would like more information, please contact the clerk at [email protected]

If there is a meeting of the parish council on 19 December, the co-option will be considered then. If there is no December meeting it will be at the meeting on 16 January 2019. Interested parties will be invited to say a few words about themselves, why they are interested in the position and if they have any specific areas of interest, e.g. planning, amenities, speeding etc.

Consultation on Norwich Western Link Road

In early November, Norfolk County Council published four potential route options for a Norwich Western Link, to connect the western end of Broadland Northway (formerly the Northern Distributor Road) to the A47. The council wants to improve travel between these two major roads and to tackle the transport problems that exist in the area to the west of Norwich, including slow journey times, rat running and roads not being suitable for the volume and type of traffic.

The four routes have been published following months of work to identify which options would be most effective as a Norwich Western Link. The shortlisted options were also informed by the results of an initial Norwich Western Link consultation which was held earlier this year. This consultation had more than 1,700 responses and showed there was very strong support for creating a new link between the A47 and Broadland Northway, with the majority of those responding suggesting a new road as their preferred solution.

The shortlist is made up of three new dual carriageway roads and a single carriageway upgrade to the B1535, and all of the options also include improvements to the A1067 Fakenham Road.

A public consultation on these routes will run between Monday 26 November 2018 and Friday 18 January 2019. During the consultation, people will be asked for their views on the options and these responses will help the council identify a preferred option for a Norwich Western Link in spring 2019. The consultation is also an opportunity to tell the council about any relevant information they should consider before deciding on a preferred route.

People can find out more about the options and respond to the consultation online via from Monday 26 November. People can also respond in person, and ask any questions they may have, at a series of staffed consultation events taking place throughout the consultation period. Information on these events is below, all the events will run between 2 and 8pm unless otherwise stated and people can drop in at any point between these opening times.

Ringland Village Hall                                      – Wednesday 28 November

Drayton Village Hall                                       – Monday 3 December

The Forum, Norwich                                      – Tuesday 4 December (12 – 5pm)

Hockering Village Hall                                    – Wednesday 5 December

Easton Village Hall                                         – Monday 10 December

Taverham Village Hall                                    – Tuesday 11 December (12 – 6pm)

Hall for All, Weston Longville                         – Wednesday 12 December

Salvation Army Church, Fakenham               – Friday 14 December

Aylsham Town Hall                                        – Tuesday 8 January

Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Hellesdon               – Thursday 10 January

Great Witchingham Village Hall                     – Friday 11 January

The Costessey Centre                                   – Monday 14 January

Dereham Memorial Hall                                 – Tuesday 15 January

Honingham Village Hall                                  – Wednesday 16 January

A map showing the four different route options can be found here:

NWL Options Map FINAL


Casual vacancy notice


Gt Ell casual vacancy

Coston Hall Farm Open Day 10 June

Coston Hall Farm are taking part in Open Farm Sunday this year.

More information can be found here:

Coston Hall Farm Open Day

Return to Learn – UEA Art & Humanities Undergraduate Open Evening

Return to Learn – Art and Humanities Undergraduate Open Evening

23 May 2018, 6.00-8.30pm

Thinking of returning to education after some time away? Come along to our open evening on 23 May to find out about studying for an undergraduate degree in the Arts and Humanities. You’ll have the opportunity to find out about the courses we offer, student life at UEA, and the funding options available to help you achieve your goals.

All welcome – whether you’re making a tentative initial enquiry or have already made your decision and are on the verge of making your application.


Explore our full range of courses available in the Arts and Humanities:


Growing Communities project in Breckland

Garden Organic have teamed up with Family Action Swaffham to run an exciting new project in Breckland and West Norfolk called Growing Communities. Part of the project is to recruit volunteer Master Gardeners to support and encourage people and communities to grow food, whether this is at home, on windowsills or at community gardens.

The volunteer Master Gardener role aims to promote food growing in their local communities – such as through encouraging groups and individuals to begin growing food (e.g. school, residential homes), spreading the word through community events, giving talks, offering advice and running practical workshops etc. In return Master Gardener volunteers receive membership to Garden Organic, the chance to take part in informal training and workshops plus annual events, support and advice.

This poster has further details:

Master Gardener April

Defibrillator training

The parish council is providing a free CPR and defibrillator training session on Tuesday 27th March 2018.

Great Ellingham CPR Poster

Booking is essential, as limited spaces are available.

Please contact the clerk if you wish to attend:

01508 570700

[email protected]


Community Governance Review

Breckland District Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review of Great Ellingham with a view to extending the southern boundary of the parish to meet the natural boundary provided by the A11. The basis of the review is due to the properties on the south side of the A11 not having any natural ties with the town of Attleborough and the fact that their properties are closer in proximity to Great Ellingham.

Community Governance Review

Vacancy – Glebe Meadow

There is a vacancy for a two bedroom house in Glebe Meadow.

You can apply for the property via Breckland District Council’s choice based lettings website.

For questions about the property, please contact Jonathan Gleeson, Area Housing Manager at Hastoe Housing Association on 0300 123 2250 or by email at [email protected]