Published: Monday, 16th March 2020
Local residents are being given the chance to have their say on plans to create up to 380 much-needed homes on a split site, either side of Howard Junior School/King’s Oak Academy in Gaywood.
The drop-in consultation and information event on 18 March 2020 at Gaywood Community Centre has been cancelled due to the on-going coronavirus situation but residents will still be able to have their say online.
People will be able to look at the proposals, talk to the project officers and make comments prior to the submission of a planning application.
As well as providing 380 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroomed homes, available for rent on 3 year tenures, shared ownership and market sale; the development brings other benefits including a new bridge into the Hardwick Industrial Estate that will have lanes for the motorist and cyclists/pedestrians. There will be improved cycle and walkways through the development. The new access to Hardwick will ease traffic flow and help reduce air quality issues in the Gaywood area.
All of the properties will be fitted with a combination of air source heating and photovoltaic panels so that they are energy efficient and carbon friendly.
The development will join two existing areas, Fairstead and Gaywood, to create one new community. The sites are close to existing amenities, including schools, doctors, the hospital, shops and leisure facilities. They are also close to jobs both in town and on the Hardwick, making the site an ideal location. The new bridge into the Hardwick Industrial Estate will provide a good connection point enabling access to the A149, A47 and A10.
The development is being designed to minimise the number of trees that will need to be removed. On site planting will be done at a ratio of 3 trees for every tree lost as well as plans to create a woodland / habitat area nearby to feed into our tree planting programme.
Anyone wanting to provide their input can do so online from 18 March onwards. Details coming soon on our Have your say page.