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Neighbourhood centre for housing project

PUBLISHED: 16:02 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:56 02 June 2010

The new £5.7m 'neighbourhood centre' for the Blenheim Grange development at former RAF Watton

The new £5.7m 'neighbourhood centre' for the Blenheim Grange development at former RAF Watton

Developers have drawn up how they think a new £5.7m 'neighbourhood centre' for the Blenheim Grange development at former RAF Watton will look.

Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) has put forward a scheme for a centre on a 2.

Developers have drawn up how they think a new £5.7m 'neighbourhood centre' for the Blenheim Grange development at former RAF Watton will look.

Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) has put forward a scheme for a centre on a 2.6ha site which will serve a new development of some 650 homes at Blenheim Grange on the former RAF base in the parish of Carbrooke.

It would have a 4,000sq ft anchor shop, already lined up to house chain convenience store SPAR, along with four other 1,000sq ft shop units, one 1,130sq ft shop and four two bedroom town houses of about 800sq ft each.

There would also be 40 car parking spaces, cycle racks, a space for delivery vehicles and a new roundabout.

The centre would front the Norwich Road, the main road through the new development, and will serve the new homes being built on by a range of developers.

HDD director Harvey Lay added: “Well thought out and carefully designed neighbourhood centres play a vital part in creating a sense of community and providing essential services to the residents of housing developments and we're pleased SPAR will be playing a part in this.”

Work is due to begin this autumn with completion a year later.

HDD recently sold 1.4 acres of the site to another developer for a 65 bed care home, subject to planning.

The neighbourhood centre site was purchased under a £100 million geared funding arrangement with Development Securities PLC from developer Cofton, which is responsible for the infrastructure of the overall site.

HDD has previously designed the Queens Hill shopping centre at Costessey, along with other schemes across the country.

David Wilson Homes has submitted revised plans for part of its scheme for 113 homes at RAF Watton in the parish of Carbrooke.

It is asking to move three plots in order to provide drainage and other alterations including the use of different house types to give larger garden areas. The scheme is for 64 three bedroom homes and 49 four bedroom homes with 275 car parking spaces.

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