Plans for 123 new homes in Wells under the spotlight

PUBLISHED: 09:30 28 February 2013

Staithe Street in Wells. There are plans for 123 new homes in the town.

Staithe Street in Wells. There are plans for 123 new homes in the town.


An inspection is due to be carried out next week of a site in Wells where 123 new homes have been planned.

Councillors are due to visit the site off Two Furlong Hill and Market Lane, opposite Alderman Peel High School next Thursday.

The site visit is being held ahead of a forthcoming North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) development committee meeting in which a decision over whether the scheme should receive planning permission is due to be made.

The date of this meeting has not yet been set but it is expected to be held before April 10.

Hopkins Homes, the company behind the proposals, say the homes will be sensitive to the local environment and the development will have up to 45pc affordable homes to meet local needs.

There is planned to be a mix of two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom homes, together with some one-bedroom apartments spread over a 4.6 hectare site.

There are also plans for a public park, open space and associated landscaping, drainage and highway infrastructure under the same scheme.

Vehicular access would be via Two Furlong Hill.

NNDC has received one petition and three separate responses from members of the public opposing the plans.

There have been no public responses in favour of it and two responses making general comments.

A wide range of views were expressed over the proposals at a public exhibition event in Wells last year.

Concerns raised included the impact the homes could have on the local environment, the need to bring more affordable homes to Wells which local people can afford to buy and claims that the proposed traffic and drainage systems would be inadequate.

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