Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Campaigners vow to fight appeal after planners reject house proposals for former Norfolk cricket home

12:00 15 February 2013

Revised design proposals for proposed Lakenham cricket ground development, submitted to Norwich City Council on 4 January 2013. Image provided by Lanpro planning consultants.

Revised design proposals for proposed Lakenham cricket ground development, submitted to Norwich City Council on 4 January 2013. Image provided by Lanpro planning consultants.

Lanpro

Proposals to build 75 properties on the former home of Norfolk cricket have been refused - with campaigners vowing to fight an appeal.

shares
Lakenham Cricket PavilionLakenham Cricket Pavilion

Norwich City Council’s planning committee voted 11 votes to one in favour of refusal of plans for land off Carshalton Road, Lakenham, yesterday.

Applicant Serruys Property Company (SPC) is to appeal the decision on the project, which also included a football pitch, allotments and a children’s playground on land closed since 2007.

Council officers will draw up a list of reasons explaining the committee’s reasons for refusal.

They include the loss of the Colman family-built pavilion and lack of open space being offered off-site to compensate for the loss of green space. SPC had agreed to a council request to provide £80,000 for improvements and maintenance of tennis courts at Lakenham recreation ground.

Archive photo of the Lakenham Cricket Pavilion. Photo: Angela SharpeArchive photo of the Lakenham Cricket Pavilion. Photo: Angela Sharpe

Terry Dunning, chairman of the Lakenham Cricket Ground Residents’ Association, said he was delighted but well aware further action will be required, including against the applicant’s appeal.

He said: “We will look at the council’s reasons for turning it down carefully and come to some conclusions as to whether they fulfil our aims. The residents’ committee has put deciding alternatives on hold. We will call a public meeting to discuss the kind of alternatives we want. As an individual, I’d like to see no housing and the land preserved as a recreation area.”

Secretary of the association Julie Ann Moore, of Cricket Ground Road, said of Mr Dunning’s suggestion: “We believe that is what Jeremiah Colman wanted it to be.”

The opponents who spoke at the meeting told of their concerns, which included the proposed demolition of the 1930s-era thatched pavilion, the number of houses, traffic access to the site and replacement sports facilities.

SUBMITTED PICTURE OF THE CARROW HOME GUARD OUTSIDE LAKENHAM CRICKET GROUND SENT IN BY MR D. VARVELSUBMITTED PICTURE OF THE CARROW HOME GUARD OUTSIDE LAKENHAM CRICKET GROUND SENT IN BY MR D. VARVEL

Angie Woodman, of Cricket Ground Road, said: “Planning applications have been submitted repeatedly. After all this time there’s now an outline planning application. The devil is in the detail.”

Shaun Wright, also of Cricket Ground Road, added: “After all these years of [the applicant] running a leisure centre, this plan is they best the can come up for this ground?”

Philip Atkinson, of SPC’s planning agent Lanpro, confirmed an appeal will be made and believes it has a reasonable chance of success.

He said of the decision: “It’s not unexpected. We are going to appeal. The appeal will be heard on the reasons for refusal, which are covered in the committee report.”

Lakenham Cricket Ground Residents’ Association. Pictured: Chairman Terry DunningLakenham Cricket Ground Residents’ Association. Pictured: Chairman Terry Dunning

Stephen Little, Green Party Town Close councillor, voted against refusing the plan.

shares

5 comments

  • Are they still haggling over how much compensation to pay for stealing the land from the Lakenham Sports and Social Club (which resulted in its closure). If so then was it the reason the application was rejected ?

    Report this comment

    turnover

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • What good are homes without a Tesco megastore for the people to shop at?

    Report this comment

    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Nice to see an article free from MPs’ soundbites, but on the other hand how utterly disgusting to see Freeman, Smith, and Simpson using a tragic accident and death of a woman to bolster their campaign for A47 “improvements”. Are there no depths to which these people will stoop to get themselves some favourable press coverage?

    Report this comment

    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Terry Dunning It's a brown field site needs development!!! Homes are ideal as it is close to the city center. History will always be there!!!!! The number of brown field sites in Norwich which is a disgrace the council needs to get a grip!!!

    Report this comment

    N.Snelling

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • It has been the developers policy all along to demolish the Pavilion,just allowing it to deriorate until they get their own way.So many listed buildings have been treated this way by the greed of speculators

    Report this comment

    Albert Cooper

    Friday, February 15, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Firefighters tackle blaze

Fire crews from Woodbridge, Holbrook and Princess Street in Ipswich were called to a shed fire which had cylinders stored inside at 3.30pm today.

Fire fighters

Crews from Bury St Edmunds and Elmswell were sent to a reports of a fire in Thedwastre Road today.

The thatched house in Langham which was badly damaged by a fire.

A blaze at a thatched cottage in a village near the Suffolk/Essex border tackled by firefighters for around seven hours overnight has left a family homeless.

Leiston and District Swimming Club relay teams

A swimming club sent 27 members to a county-wide championship – with more finalists than ever before.

Gena Moore from Nelson’s Journey with Simon and Anne Beckett-Allen of Rosedale Funeral Home

A funeral home with branches in north Suffolk has continued its support for local bereaved children by commissioning a doll’s house style church to help support workers explain what happens at a funeral.

Felixstowe Road Runners

Runners from Suffolk and Essex will once again be flocking to the Capital, this weekend, to take part in the 35th staging of the London Marthon.

Man wanted in connection with a burglary at Playford Court in Sudbury

CCTV images of a man wanted over thefts from properties at sheltered housing complexes in Sudbury.

Cyclists taking part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride for children's charity Action Medical Research in 2012

More than 1,300 cyclists are expected to line up for the start of a fundraising ride through the Suffolk countryside in just over a fortnight.

MRSA rates revealed

Drastic measures to tackle potentially life-threatening bugs have significantly reduced outbreaks in our hospitals, an investigation has found.

Police remain outside The Bull pub in Haverhill after an earlier stabbing.

A man was stabbed in Haverhill in the early hours of this morning.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages