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Is Downham Market over-developed? If so, where else can we build homes?

Planning permission for more homes on land at Nightingale Road has been turned down. Picture: Ian Burt

Planning permission for more homes on land at Nightingale Road has been turned down. Picture: Ian Burt

Plans to add 130 extra homes to a development of 170 properties on the edge of town were turned down by West Norfolk council this week.

The public meeting over plans for 300 homes in Downham Market. Picture: Chris Bishop The public meeting over plans for 300 homes in Downham Market. Picture: Chris Bishop

Councillors heard the town council feared that services in the town - like schools and doctors - would not be able to cope with more families moving in.

Isle of Man-based developer the Grosvenor Partnership said the extra properties off Nightingale Lane, on the south-eastern edge of Dowham, were sustainable. It remains to be seen whether the firm will appeal the decision.

Downham town council recommended West Norfolk refuse the application. Its deputy mayor, Frank Daymond, said it faced “unprecedented numbers of major development applications”.

Residents voiced fears the town would not be able to cope at a packed public meeting.

But thousands of new homes will need to be built in West Norfolk to house its growing population. So the question is where?

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