Residents in Great Yarmouth have won a fight to stop affordable homes being built on a strip of former railway land.

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Saffron Housing Trust’s proposals for 12 new homes on land off Salisbury Road, north Yarmouth, have been turned down after the Great Yarmouth North against Development (GYND) campaign group submitted dozens of objections, held a protest outside the town hall and made themselves heard from the public gallery during a council meeting.

Celebrating a “people power” victory, GYND chairman Russ Byer said: “This protest has seen local people put their differences aside and work collectively with a common agenda and in the best interests of the community. It would be good if the politicians, local and global, could take a leaf out of our book and do the same.”

Residents were concerned the new homes would cause parking chaos on busy streets, destroy an informal community space used by children and for unofficial parking. On Monday, they brandished signs and banners when they protested against the scheme outside Yarmouth’s Town Hall.

Speaking after councillors voted to refuse planning permission this week, chairman of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s planning committee Mick Castle said the decision to refuse was “a kick in the teeth” for people on Yarmouth’s housing waiting list.

He said: “I am sure that Saffron Housing will be likely to get a successful result on appeal as the reasons given by those voting for refusal was ‘unneighbourliness’ to existing residents in Blake Road and North Denes Road/Sandringham Avenue and ‘pedestrian/vehicular conflict’ and neither of these was borne out by the facts or evidence from relevant departments.”

John Whitelock, Saffron’s director of new business, added: “We are disappointed. In terms of what’s next, we’re planning to sit down in the next couple of weeks and have a review, see if anything can be done and go from there.”

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