Planning decisions shaping Thorpe Marriott.

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In the early 1980's all was fields.

Then this greenfield 'AREA X' was planned to be a 'new village'. There was talk of its own school and surgery and perhaps becoming a parish in its own right.

The various developers and housing associations needed a name to advertise property in AREA X and settled on Thorpe Marriott. The name has stuck. We have a bus route between Thorpe Marriott and Norwich. The local EDP and NEN newspapers regularly speak of it.

The economic situation of the early 1990's put paid to the 'new village' school and surgery. But it had shops, pub, church, village hall and large village green. It is not a civil parish, and its post codes cover parts of Drayton and Taverham. But more importantly Thorpe Marriott was on its way to becoming a community.

Apart from not rising to the planners original vision, developer's decisions have also shaped it. Trinity church was to have been built the Taverham side of Marriott's Way: but is about 100 metres inside Drayton. The developers would only provide land for it to be built next to the Village Hall, shops and Otter pub. This placed it with the other community buildings roughly in the centre of Thorpe Marriott and gave it the advantage of sharing the good sized car park.

Thorpe Marriott lies on both sides of a long, wide village green through which Marriott's Way cycle route runs like an arrow and crossed by Pendlesham Rise which joins the two sides. Its housing joins the two built areas of Drayton and Taverham parishes. The parish boundary weaving between them encompasses about three quarters of Thorpe Marriott by area (including the village green) in Taverham, the rest in Drayton. In both areas the population is roughly the same.

From birth in the 1980's Thorpe Marriott has matured into a 'modern village'. It's identity is neither rural village, nor suburban or a mere appendage of its shared parishes. It welcomes residents to enjoy and contribute their share of support for its community life.




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