5,000 homes development for Thetford approved

A new development providing 5,000 new homes and thousands of jobs for Thetford has been approved by Breckland District Council’s Planning Committee. The plans are being promoted by a partnership between The Crown Estate, the Kilverstone Estate and East Anglian developers, Pigeon.

The development is planned for a 285 hectare site located between the northern edge of Thetford town and the A11. The plans will provide:

  • Up to 5,000 new homes offering a range of sizes and different tenures (market, shared ownership, private rental and affordable homes)
  • Up to 19.5 hectares of employment space providing for large and small businesses covering a range of different uses
  • Three primary schools each including nursery provision
  • Over half the site will be open space including playing fields, allotments and outdoor sports pitches and publicly accessible parkland
  • Retention of existing woodland on site
  • A commuted sum to expand Thetford Academy and provide further places for 11-16 year olds
  • The provision of further community and healthcare facilities and local convenience shops
  • Place of worship.

The development will deliver £195m towards local infrastructure including new bus routes and junction improvements to the A11. It is also expected to help create 5,000 permanent new jobs and a further 10,000 jobs during construction.

Steve Melligan, Strategic Land Manager, The Crown Estate said: ‘We are delighted that the Council has supported our planning application. The plans present an exciting opportunity that will bring new homes, jobs and an array of new community facilities to Thetford.’

Will Van Cutsem, Director, Pigeon, said: ‘These plans are the culmination of five years hard work to ensure that the development meets the needs of the town and brings significant social and economic benefits to help Thetford grow and prosper.’