Swanton Morley housing scheme is recommended for approval

All Saints Church, Swanton Morley. All Saints Church, Swanton Morley.

Friday, July 4, 2014
7:54 AM

A plan to build 52 new homes in Swanton Morley will be recommended for approval when councillors meet to discuss it next week.

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Hopkins Homes has applied to Breckland Council for full planning permission to build the new estate on agricultural land off Rectory Road in the village, near Dereham.

The proposals include a mixture of sizes between one and four bedrooms, including 18 affordable homes, two of which are bungalows to be constructed to disability standard.

The developer says a 5,150sqm area of public open space will also be provided within the site for both new and existing residents.

A new vehicular access is also planned from Rectory Road, which runs along the northern boundary of the site.

A report to Breckland’s planning committee says Swanton Morley Parish Council supports the proposal in principle, “but is disappointed with the highway amendments as they do nothing to resolve the issue of the safe route to school”.

The parish wants the proposal to provide an upgrade to the Harkers Lane footpath and public right of way to create a safe access to schools before permission is granted.

The planning officer’s report says: “The agent has confirmed that they are in principle in favour of improvements to Harkers Lane. The potential for this to take place and the costs involved are being confirmed with Norfolk County Council. It is thought that some of the other planning obligations could be negotiated and that the improvements to Harkers Lane would be favoured instead.

“This matter is still being pursued and an update shall be reported verbally to the planning committee.”

County highways officers said the amended proposals addressed earlier concerns.

The application was accompanied by a transport statement which concluded that the proposal is “unlikely to have a material effect on capacity or safety at the proposed access to Rectory Road or any other junction on the highway network”.

English Heritage has objected to the proposal on the basis of the potential impact upon the visual setting of the parish church of All Saints – although the council’s own historic buildings consultant does not share this view and raises no objection to the proposal.

The planning officer’s report recommends that the scheme should be approved when Breckland’s planning committee meets on July 7.

The report says: “The development of the application site would provide much needed additional residential dwellings, of mixed tenures, to maintain and add to the existing dwelling stock within the village.”

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