Station Road in Salhouse has been shut under the railway bridge for the last couple of weeks due to a pool of water.

And this has prompted concern given developer Taylor Wimpey's North Rackheath Masterplan which could see up to 3,850 new homes built on land north of Green Lane West.

The company is anticipating planning permission will be granted in 2023.

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: "We are aware of the existing flooding issues at Salhouse railway station.

"We can confirm that the proposed drainage strategy for the development at Rackheath will capture surface water and channel it into nearby basins, which will reduce overland water flow entering the highway.”

Taylor Wimpey believes the flooding has been caused by overland flows from surrounding agricultural land.

Fran Whymark, a Conservative district councillor for Salhouse and Rackheath, described the flooding as an "ongoing problem and battle with nature".

Mr Whymark said: "My wife used to live on that road and it has been like that for 50 years.

"She used to have to wade knee-deep through the water on the way back from the station.

"I know there have been some improvements but the mud runs from the field and has to be cleared which is an ongoing problem."

Fran Whymark, district councillor for Salhouse and Rackheath (Image: Archant)

Taylor Wimpey has considered closing Muck Lane to vehicles west of the Salhouse Station car park as part of its masterplan.

It is understood the developer is waiting to hear back from highways about what impact this potential closure would have on traffic.

Norfolk County Council has been enforcing the latest road closure which comes as weather forecasters are predicting up to 10mm of rain on Tuesday in the area.

A county council spokesman said: "Road closure signs were put out as a temporary measure following the recent poor weather and we will look into concerns regarding where they were positioned.

"Our highways teams are continuing to inspect known flooding trouble spots to arrange for water to be removed.

"Station Road has been assessed and our drainage contractor will be dealing with this imminently.”

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Developer puts forward drainage plan for flooding hotspot Improved flooding measures are being proposed for a road which has been closed in recent weeks during the wet weather. 

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14.11.2022

Station Road in Salhouse has been shut under the railway bridge for the last couple of weeks due to a pool of water.

And this has prompted concern given developer Taylor Wimpey's North Rackheath Masterplan which could see up to 3,850 new homes built on land north of Green Lane West.

The company is anticipating planning permission will be granted in 2023.

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: "We are aware of the existing flooding issues at Salhouse railway station.

"We can confirm that the proposed drainage........

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