December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Residents campaigning against 125 new homes in their village have been left disappointed this morning after planning permission was granted for the homes.
That decision was made this morning by Broadland District Council’s planning committee, which approved the officer recommendation for the plans by nine votes six.
Around 40 campaigners against the plans packed out the council chamber at Thorpe Lodge, in Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew.
Following several passionate speeches and a debate which lasted over two hours, the vote finally went in favour of David Wilson Homes, which had applied to build the homes at Sharps Hall Farm, in Mill Lane.
The campaigners had been hoping to persuade councillors that the already busy Mill Lane would not be able to handle any more traffic, with Horsford Junior School based in Mill Lane.
The plans include 39 affordable homes, of which two would be wheelchair-adaptable bungalows, as well as £35,000 going to Horsford Junior School to provide a parking, drop off and pick up scheme within the school’s forecourt
The planning committee voted through the recommendation to delegate authority to the council’s head of authority to approve the plans, subject to the agreement of final details.
A raft of planning conditions will need to be agreed before building begins, which councillors said must begin with two years.
These include road widening and new parking bays in Mill Road, which councillors said must be completed before any building work on the housing site can be started.
Peter Biggs, head of planning at David Wilson Homes, said: “We welcome the decision reached by the planning committee to approve this application. This scheme is one that provides many benefits to the village like affordable housing and significant contributions to local infrastructure such as highways improvements to Mill Lane.
“We are pleased that Broadland District Council members have agreed with their planning officers by giving the go ahead to this development and David Wilson Homes’ looks forward to now delivering this scheme in Horsford.”
How the committee voted
FOR (nine): Conservatives; Michael Snowling (Brundall), Roger Foulger (Drayton South), Paul Carrick (Hevingham), David Ward (Burlingham), Paul Findlay (Sprowston East), Kenneth Leggett (Old Catton and Sprowston West), Shaun Vincent (Plumstead), Lana Hempsall (Acle), Robin Knowles (Sprowston Central).
AGAINST (six): Conservatives; Ian Graham (Aylsham), Claudette Bannock (Taverham South). Lib Dem; Carole Ward (Taverham North), Steve Buckle (Wroxham), Brenda Rix (Buxton), Peter Balcmobe (Hellesdon South East).
- For full details, and reaction, see tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.
Read previous articles about the opposition to the 125 homes using the links below.