Safety fears postpone decision on new flats on former Swaffham Sixth Form site
19:29 06 August 2012
A decision on whether to allow 16 flats to be built on part of the former Swaffham Sixth Form site has been deferred over safety fears for pedestrians and drivers.
Planning officers had recommended that today’s planning committee approve the proposals for six one-bedroom flats and 10 two-bedroom flats on the northern part of the site off Lynn Street/Market Place.
However, Swaffham Town Council objected to the proposals because it said access at the site, near the post office sorting office, was already made dangerous by traffic heading towards King’s Lynn, and the extra traffic the flats would create would make it “much worse”.
Swaffham councillor Shirley Matthews said: “We do realise we need these small dwellings, it’s just the access. It’s in the wrong place. I don’t know what you can do about it, but it is dangerous. A lot of vehicles and people use that corner and it’s all huddled together.”
Her views were echoed by fellow Swaffham councillor Frank Sharpe.
Planning officer James Stone told councillors the buildings are currently not in use and detract from the town centre, while if the plans were approved they would improve the area.
Norfolk County Council highways department said its recommendations has been incorporated into the proposals, and “suitable highway conditions have been provided”.
However, committee members said they remained concerned about the safety implications of the plans, and unanimously decided postpone a decision on the application and ask the highways department to look at it again.