A 385-home development with a new primary school in Wymondham looks set to be refused after council officers said it would be “unsustainable”.

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South Norfolk Council said that although Hallam Land Management’s plan would create a two-form entry primary school, there were not enough secondary school places for the pupils to go to when they are older.

It would, officers said, also have a “detrimental impact” on the area’s heritage – particularly on the nearby Grade II-listed Gonville Hall and Wymondham Abbey, which would be just 900m away from the site.

The plans provide affordable housing, public open space, a multi-use games area and children’s playspace along with land for a new cemetery on land between London Road and Suton Lane.

However, the council said: “These public benefits are not of a significant enough nature to warrant the level of harm which would be experienced upon the setting of Gonville Hall.

“The setting of Gonville Hall would be irreversibly and significantly damaged if the development were to be approved. The open, tranquil environment afforded to the building would be lost.”

The council added that the cemetery would create “a landscape more typical of an urban environment and at odds with the current agrarian landscape”. It has recommended the plan for refusal when councillors decide on the application at Wednes-day’s development management committee.

During a public consultation residents also made their views known.

Matt Walton, of Abbey Road, Wymondham, said: “Agreement for another 385 houses at this time would be irresponsible.”

And Janis Raynsford, of Queens Road, Wymondham, added: “This is another piece of countryside which is to be lost; the setting has remained intact for 600 years.”

However, Wymondham Town Council had recommended the proposal be given the go-ahead as “smaller sites should be developed rather than a large development in south Wymondham”.

What do you think of the proposed scheme? Contact Andrew Papworth on 01379 651153 or email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk

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