Masterplan to include up to 4,000 homes, a Second World War memorial park and three schools

Up to 4,000 homes, a Second World War memorial park and three schools are being proposed for a Norfolk village.

The latest designs from the Rackheath North Masterplan reveal how the village, located north east of Norwich, could look in the coming years.

The scheme covers a 293-hecatre site, stretching from Wroxham Road in the west, to Salhouse rail station in the east.

During the Second World War, Rackheath was home to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 467th Bombardment Group, known as the Rackheath Aggies.

The masterplan states that the remains of the former runway, used by the bomb group, will be transformed into a memorial park.

Describing how the park could look, the masterplan states: “A sequence of columnar lights at the north and south gateways to the park echo linear repetitive patterns of runway lights and radar masts, which would have featured on the former airfield.

“In plan view, the lawns resemble the wings of a plan, but these colourful garden spaces will provide attractive places to sit and reflect.

Broadland District Council, developers Barrat/David Wilson Homes, and the majority landowner, Manor Farms ltd, are co-ordinating its development.

One of the more unusual additions to the scheme is the creation of a “small formal park” to celebrate the military heritage of the village.

“This small formal park celebrates the military heritage of the North Rackheath site.”

An existing memorial - located in the Rackheath industrial estate – will also be moved to the park.

The control tower and turning circle will also remain in place.

In regard to housing, up to 3,000 new homes will initially be built on the site.

However, the plan states there is a reserved area of land which could support a further 1,000 properties.

The scheme could also include:

• 16 hecatres of sports pitches and a pavilion

• 1,500sqm of retail space

• Land for two primary schools and one secondary school

• 25 hectares of employment land

• 1.8 hectares of allotments

On Tuesday, Broadland’s cabinet endorsed the plans and, according to an officer’s report, a planning application could be expected in the coming months.

Courtesy of the EDP- 11-03-18

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