Homes planned for former Necton Diner site are recommended for approval

The Necton Diner on the A47 near Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher. The Necton Diner on the A47 near Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Friday, August 1, 2014
9:24 AM

A proposal to demolish a derelict diner dubbed “one of the worst eyesores in Norfolk” and replace it with new homes is due to be decided by councillors on Monday.

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Outline plans to build 31 houses on the former Necton Diner and Garage site on the A47 near Swaffham will be discussed by Breckland Council’s planning committee on Monday.

The decision was deferred at an earlier meeting in March due to highway and safety matters.

Necton Parish Council has agreed to the principle of development at the site but reiterated concerns over the potential increase in traffic at the junction of the A47 and Tuns Road, which is already congested at peak times.

Other objections have included concerns over sewage and drainage, noise and land contamination.

Norfolk County Council’s highways department has raised no objections to the amended plans, subject to conditions relating to “future management and maintenance of the proposed streets within the development”.

After seeing reports on the impact of the previous use of the site, the council’s contaminated land officer has also raised no objections, subject to conditions.

A planning officer’s report to the committee recommends that the scheme should be approved, subject to conditions including an obligation from the developer to contribute to recreation and library funds.

The report says: “The development is acceptable in principle given the site lies within the settlement boundary for Necton.

“The indicative layout satisfactorily demonstrates that the site can accommodate up to 31 dwellings together with satisfactory parking, turning and amenity areas, and without giving rise to significant impacts with respect to existing levels of residential amenity with respect to adjoining dwellings and within the site itself.

“Furthermore, noise impacts from the A47 and adjacent garage can be satisfactorily mitigated against by measures such as the earth bund and acoustic fencing and there are no highway safety objections.”

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