Pigeon flies in with homes plan

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THE latest in a series of exciting developments set to change the face of Thetford has moved a step closer.

Property firm Pigeon have entered an outline application for a 5,000-home site known as the Thetford Sustainable Urban Extension to Breckland Council.

Public consultation on the scheme has been carried out by both Breckland and Pigeon and William van Cutsem, director at Pigeon, said some of the concerns that had been raised have been incorporated into their updated plans.

He said: “We have really welcomed constructive criticism of the plans and have made some changes as a result.

“We are determined to make it right for Thetford and it will be a commercial success for us if it is a success for Thetford as well.”

Pigeon must meet certain requirements, outlined by Breckland and Suffolk County councils, with a GP practice, dental surgery, shops, three primary schools and community buildings all confirmed for the site.

Housing for the elderly and a free bus service into the town centre and employment areas are also planned.

With the planned dualling of the A11 and further development promised by the Moving Thetford Forward scheme, Mr van Cutsem said the project could contribute to an exciting future for the town.

“The area has real potential and we want to help it become a business hub for the whole region,” he said.

The development will be built on land to the north of Thetford owned by the Kilverstone and Crown Estates. It is hoped that the entire project will be completed by 2026 and will be carried out in phases beginning in 2012.

Mr van Cutsem said he hoped the application would be approved in the next six months, with the production of a Section 106 agreement to follow.