Concerns over proposed large housing development near Holt Country Park

10:50 01 October 2014

A new levy could pay for housing schemes in west Norfolk. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A new levy could pay for housing schemes in west Norfolk. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A large housing development on the edge of Holt Country Park could be refused because of primary school overcrowding concerns.

The Gladman Developments application for up to 170 homes south of Lodge Close in Holt has been recommended for refusal by North Norfolk District Council planning officers.

It will be discussed tomorrow at the council’s Cromer headquarters by its development committee.

The council has received more than 100 objection letters and a petition with 85 signatures against the plans.

If approved, homes, public open space and parking would be established on a field of just over seven hectares.

A planning officer from Norfolk County Council said there would be insufficient places at Holt Primary School from the development.

They said: “The current school site, which is a split site and thus restricted in construction opportunities, is not large enough for expansion to accommodate children from this number of houses when taken together with approved/planned development in the area.

“We would have serious concerns about any further development outside any published local plan in Holt.”

Up to 700 homes are expected to be built in Holt between 2001-2021 and outline planning permission has been granted for up to 85 homes off Woodfield Road, 215 off Hempstead Road and 153 off Grove Lane.

The Gladman site is next to homes as well as woodland and if developed, 45pc of homes would be affordable. Access would be off Beresford Road and Lodge Close.

Holt Town Council unanimously voted against the plans because of access problems from small roads; the site would be a fire risk; infrastructure issues; and the land could be used for other purposes including a new school.

The council has received 14 individual letters of objection.

Concerns include the homes would be unsustainable for Holt causing strain on the school and medical centre.

Some 99 copies of a duplicate letter objecting to the application were sent to the council.

There would be no significant harm to the character of the landscape, according to a council landscape officer.

The bulk of open space, over 1.3 hectares, would be next to the country park park, and footpaths to woodland have been proposed.

Have you got concerns about a major planning application near your home? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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