We love to help bring new life to villages. This is particularly significant when growing communities need new facilities. A recent example is Horsford, a village just north of Norwich.
With a population of just over 4000, the village lacked some amenities, despite having two pubs. Broadland Council conducted a local consultation, which resulted in the publication of the Horsford Neighbourhood Plan. A key part of the Plan was to meet the demand of villagers for improved shops and café facilities. With the closure of the Brickmakers pub in 2018, the site could be cleared to make way for a purpose-built Co-op store with a butchers/deli and café.
Once again, we worked alongside one of our long-term partners, Brown & Co. Our role was to predict the noise impact of the new development and analyse the data. We carried out a noise survey to establish baseline noise levels at nearby properties and produced 3D modelling predictions. These showed what the likely noise levels would be.
Broadland Council considered our report and concluded that the benefit of the development to the village would outweigh any negative aspects. A planning application was approved in August 2021, with construction scheduled for 2022.
As villages like Horsford grow, we hope to be involved in further projects, helping communities to thrive.