Submitted PUBLISHED: 09:59 09 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:59 09 March 2019 The site of the proposed homes. Picture: MAURICE GRAY Archant Controversy reigns over a coastal village due to conflicting interests about affordable housing in Walcott. A map of the proposed development. Picture: MAURICE GRAYControversy reigns over a coastal village due to conflicting interests about affordable housing in Walcott.Last year, proposals had been made regarding three plots of farmland, on the outskirts of the village, being offered and possibly used for the purpose of building ten properties under the ‘Community Led Housing and for rent plus a shared ownership, all at sub-market rates.The North Norfolk District Council held a forum at the Walcott Village Hall handing out lots of literature illustrating the possibilities of offering low price properties to meet local housing needs, which has caused concerns by members of the community.The plots of land have been offered for … [Read more...] about Concerns over affordable housing in coastal Norfolk village
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NORFOLKCity Manager Doug Smith will ask homeowners to foot most of the bill for a $24.1 million boost in city spending next year with a nearly 9-percent increase in the real estate tax rate.More school funding, employee raises, new vehicles and services for public housing residents are all part of the proposed budget increase unveiled Tuesday afternoon.A 10-cent increase in the real estate tax, if approved by City Council, would be Norfolk’s first tax hike in five years and would raise the rate from $1.15 per $100 of assessed value to $1.25.The proposal coupled with slowly growing property values mean the average Norfolk homeowner would pay about $252 more each year in real estate taxes.After Smith presented his plan to the council Tuesday, Mayor Kenny Alexander noted the budget proposal is just that – a proposal. The mayor said the council will consider public input and tweak the spending plan in the coming weeks.Smith told the council that regional economic growth has … [Read more...] about Norfolk proposes $18.5M tax hike to fund schools, vehicles, employee raises and more
PUBLISHED: 14:31 21 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:31 21 January 2019 Simon Parkin Electric vehicle charging stations have been switched on in Wymondham and Long Stratton and are coming to Diss, Harleston and Loddon before the end of January. Picture: South Norfolk Council Archant Electric vehicle charging points have been switched on at car parks in Long Stratton and Wymondham with drivers being offered the chance to power up for free until the end of March. Councillors Alison Thomas and Lisa Neal at the launch of electric vehicle charging stations in Long Stratton. Picture: South Norfolk CouncilSouth Norfolk Council is working with Swedish energy company Vattenfall to install the company’s first UK InCharge charging stations across the district. In partnership with British-based BMM Energy Solutions, charging stations, powered entirely from renewable, off shore wind generated, will also be up and running in Diss, Harleston and Loddon by the end of … [Read more...] about Power up for free as electric car charging switched on in South Norfolk
Video PUBLISHED: 17:11 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:11 15 August 2018 A chicken on the Ensign Way housing estate. Picture: Marc Betts Archant Chickens living in a market town housing estate in Norfolk have hit the headlines, but as their numbers continue to rise residents are asking “what will happen to our chickens?”. It is estimated that around 10 chicks are born every week in Ensign Way, Diss, as more hens are spotted with chicks every day.The chickens on the estate have been attracting a lot of attention since we first reported on them, with BBC Radio Norfolk talking to residents and interest from national television channels.With the numbers increasing, residents are hoping that the interest will bring a farm or landowner forward to take some away.It was originally feared that if the chickens were taken away they would be culled, but the RSPCA says this would not happen.Chickens on the Ensign Way housing estate. Picture: Marc BettsA spokesman for the RSPCA … [Read more...] about What will happen to the 200 chickens living on Norfolk housing estate?
PUBLISHED: 15:58 02 September 2019 | UPDATED: 16:01 02 September 2019 Sarah Hussain Councillors voted on the application to develop land off Pince Henry Place, in Downham Maket Picture: Sarah Hussain Archant A planning application to build on land in a Norfolk town has been refused. Planning application to build 19 houses on land south of Prince Henry Place, has been refused. Picture: Sarah HussainDevelopers hoped to build on land off Prince Henry Place, in Downham Market. You may also want to watch: But planning councillors refused after hearing the impact the development could have on the area.Lennie Haslam from Howdale Rise, who spoke at the meeting, said: "The site on Prince Henry Place was purpose-built to support the infirm and vulnerable members of our town. The building project would change the form and function of the area.Residents objected on grounds it could cause disruption and bring in an influx of traffic. Picture: Sarah Hussain"The … [Read more...] about Plans to build 19 homes in a Norfolk town have been refused