Road safety

Road safety fears over 50 new housing plans

Published:
10:49 am February 26, 2022



Increased traffic from proposed new homes near a blind bend represents “an imminent accident”, according to villagers.

Plans are in the works to build 50 properties on vacant land east of Green Lane West in Rackheath.

The application already has set permission and adds to the growing list of developments taking place in the village, which includes the North Rackheath masterplan for 4,000 homes.


The view from Green Lane West as construction work continues for a new development in Rackheath
– Credit: Ben Hardy

But people are concerned about road safety along Green Lane West with cars often exceeding the 40mph speed limit, where the road has a sharp bend near Green Farm.


The 'blind bend' in Rackheath Greenway near where the 50 new homes will be built

The ‘blind bend’ in Rackheath Greenway near where the 50 new homes will be built
– Credit: Ben Hardy

District Councilor Fran Whymark, who has lived in Rackheath since 2000, said: “That has always been my reservation with the development in this area given the decline on the journey from Sir Edward Stracey Road to the industrial area.

“I share people’s concerns because the industrial area is very busy and it could cause chaos.”


Rackheath Parish and District Councillor, Fran Whymark.  Photo: DENISE BRADLEY

Rackheath Parish and District Councillor, Fran Whymark. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
– Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2022

The councilor said a couple living in The Close, just off Green Lane West, had had their fence knocked down several times by speeding.

A 50-year-old owner in Green Lane West, who did not wish to be named, said: “The amount of traffic on this road could be dangerous with the influx of cars from all the new homes.

“That is unless traffic calming measures such as speed bumps are put in place. This turn is an accident waiting to happen and you hear a lot of squealing brakes and near misses.”


The road dip into Green Lane West where the

The road dip into Green Lane West where the “blind corner” is
– Credit: Ben Hardy

Another 45-year-old Green Lane West owner, who also did not wish to be named, added: “Some of the cars here are flying like crazy.

“There’s already more traffic here and the way people drive – especially from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. – is unreal.”

The app will include a range of two, three and four bed homes.


Artist's impression of the 50 new home development in Green Lane West, Rackheath

Artist’s impression of the 50 new home development in Green Lane West, Rackheath
– Credit: Gary Johns Architects

Planning documents say the app will “transform a disused eyesore of a site to provide new energy-efficient homes” on vacant land near Green Farm.

Claimant Hemingford Group c/o Brown and Co has been contacted for comment.


Green Lane West is closed from Salhouse Road in Rackheath until April

Green Lane West is closed from Salhouse Road in Rackheath until April
– Credit: Ben Hardy

Outline approval was also granted this month for up to 205 homes on land adjacent to Mahoney Green.