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Object to Rural Development that Endangers Residents Lives in Dickleburgh

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The Planning Application 2016/0482 Land North of Harvey Lane (a narrow physically constrained country lane already heavily trafficked and often impassable at peak times of the day) Dickleburgh which proposes 22 new homes should be REFUSED PERMISSION.

 As a community we welcome development which is safe and sustainable for new members joining our community and for existing residents. Development which makes use of the most appropriate, accessible well serviced land in the village. This planning application is the opposite of those values. 

 The proposed development and the resulting traffic both post and pre-development will adversely affect residents lives, safety and wellbeing. It will heighten the risk of  accidents resulting in injury or death to vulnerable pedestrians; elderly residents, mothers and children, wheelchair users etc.  who have no other option than to use this narrow and physically constrained country lane which is mainly unpaved in order to access all of the village's essential facilities; the primary school, the Post Office, the Village Centre and the Bus Stop. 

 The South Norfolk planning policy related to this site requires that "Local highways improvements and the provision of a safe access will need to be provided". The developer's proposal sees occasional, small scale ineffective ( due to the presence of telegraph poles ) widening of some but not all existing pavements. And the provision of a “white line” pedestrian refuge on the unpaved section of the carriageway around a blind bend. This line one metre into the carriageway is meant to afford protection for vulnerable pedestrians against oncoming, unsighted traffic, including large commercial vehicles which take up the full width of the lane.

 A more sustainable solution would have seen the provision of a pedestrian route of at least 1.5m width, contiguous for the length of the lane. This has not been considered by the developer who have disregarded the advice of the Planning Committee Members to work with the Parish Council, Residents and the School to find a solution, instead imposing their preferred solution without consultation.

 For the reasons above, we the community request the planning application be refused.



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