December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
Proposals for a large scale development on the outskirts of Heacham have been unanimously rejected by borough councillors
The councillors on West Norfolk Borough Council’s planning committee rejected housing association Broadland Housing’s scheme to build 200 houses and a care home off the A149.
There was a show of strength before the meeting as protestors packed out King’s Lynn Town Hall, where the meeting had been moved to instead of the normal council chambers because of the numbers expected to attend.
Heacham Parish Council chairman Peter Colvin said: “We are very happy with the planning meeting’s decision.
“I would expect the developers to appeal as they have a lot invested in the scheme.
“We now need to take stock and get ready to go again should we need to.”
The plans for the land between School Road and the A149 would also have seen a pub, skate park and allotments built.
Developers Broadland and Townsfolk claim the development would help address the future needs of the village.
But a report to councillors ahead of the meeting said the development, which includes a new access road off the A149, is “clearly contrary” to the council’s development plan.
It adds the scheme is “a considerable incursion into open countryside”, which the village does not have adequate services to support.
More than 300 attended a packed public meeting to rally opposition to the proposals, after the EDP revealed details of the development in April.
Today parish council clerk Philippa Sewell said villagers were hoping for a clear decision from the council. But developers are expected to appeal any decision.
For the full story and all the reaction see tomorrow’s EDP.