Background to the VOW Campaign
Our community is once more under threat from planning consultants, looking to destroy the character of our historic market town to make a fast buck.
A consortium of planning consultants is proposing a new housing estate of 3000 homes on the northern edge of Wymondham – a 50% increase in the size of the town. This proposed concrete jungle is known as ‘Vision Wymondham’.
What this means
The development builds into the green boundary between Wymondham and Hethersett. In the long term this will most likely result in Hethersett and Wymondham becoming a part of Greater Norwich – a new Birmingham for the East of England.
The road network in Wymondham will not cope with the additional traffic. There are already queues around the Waitrose and Police Station roundabouts at certain times in the day. An additional 3000 houses will mean constant traffic congestion.
The new facilities being offered are wholly inadequate for the size of the development, and local schools, doctors etc. are already struggling to cope with the current size of the town.
Prices of existing houses are likely to drop due to the glut created in the housing market.
The land to be concreted over is an area of natural beauty and home to many species of wildlife. It is also valuable agricultural land which will become more important to feed our growing population.
The proposed development is essentially a new town on the edge of Wymondham. Most of the new residents are likely to work and shop in Norwich, with no benefit for Wymondham town centre.
What can we do?
This development is not a foregone conclusion. If we take action now, we can stop it and save our town.
See our ‘What you can do’ page for more details on how you can help.