Linear park and SuDS part of plans for Norfolk town extension

A linear park and sustainable drainage systems form part of the design for a proposed 4,000-home Norfolk development.

Artist impression of part of the Attleborough plans
Artist impression of part of the Attleborough plans

Outline plans have been submitted to Breckland District Council by Attleborough Land part of Ptarmigan Land, for the 217-hectare site Strategic Urban Extension to the south of Attleborough in Norfolk.

According to a design and access statement submitted alongside the application, the proposal for the Linear Park is seek to retain and enhance much of the existing features as possible, which include woodland, hedgerows and waterways.

The statement says the park would form natural buffer areas to the south, west and in part, east of the proposed development areas, and feature several different areas. In one, swales, lagoons, reed beds and other SuDS components complement along with ecologically diverse grasslands associated with the existing field drainage systems.

The plans outline a range of formal sports pitches and courts, along with natural play areas and the potential for an interconnected trim trail. A large area of allotment along with accompanying community orchard area is also planned within the central zone.

Areas of public open space and a greenway will the statement says "be treated as a rural "ride" with informal footpaths, cycle and bridleways framed by extensive native hedgerows, tree planting and wildflower swathes to encourage wildlife, with potential for "play on the way" elements in association with seating areas."

The statement also says there is potential for "a cricket pitch, allotments, formal play areas and secondary swales, rain gardens and smaller scale SuDS features".

The proposals also include the construction of a new link road, two new primary schools, a new 2,600 square metre retail centre and up to 1,400 square metres of business, food and drink space.

The strategy was developed by a team including masterplanners JTP, Neil Tully Associates - Landscape and Hopkins Ecology.

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