This site has been on the cards for development for several years. Amongst the many schemes that have been put forward this seems to be the most promising.
The plans as shown appear to be carefully and thoughtfully designed with the type of accommodation sorely needed for Reepham’s ageing community.
The Co-op convenience store would serve the community housed on that site, together with residents living at the Cawston Road/Stony Lane end of Reepham.
Improvements to access onto Cawston Road from Kerri’s Pine would be a great safety advantage. Deliveries to the Co-op store would cause less disruption than those to Spar on Ollands Road now.
It would also be less likely that Spar and the local shops would lose business as there would be some distance between the town centre and the new convenience store – we are well aware of how reluctant people are to walk any distance!
Since we have to accept some development, it seems sensible and appropriate to consider the increasing needs of the elderly residents who have outgrown their homes, but still wish to remain within Reepham and accessible to friends and relatives.
It would be sad to lose the quiet and rural atmosphere of Stony Lane, but far better that than the less-than-suitable proposed development of the old garage on School Road.
The surface of Marriott’s Way is in need of improvement, especially during the winter or exceptionally wet weather, so, again, that would be welcome.
It’s also possible that I could well qualify as one of the new residents in the not-too-distant future!
Brenda R Palmer, Chapel Close, Reepham