Easton could more than double in size as fresh bid put forward to build 907 homes
06:30 29 January 2016
Archant © 2004
A controversial vision to more than double the size of Easton has been re-shaped after talks broke down.
The village, near Norwich, currently has around 600 homes, and a planning application for 907 new homes was approved by South Norfolk Council’s planning committee last year.
Scores of locals had objected, citing concerns over traffic, flooding and strain on medical services and schools.
But the plans, for land north and south of Dereham Road, were given the green light subject to conditions including a section 106 agreement. However, a slightly scaled back application – for 890 homes – has now been submitted to planners after talks between parties broke down.
The applicants are a consortium of landowners, including Easton and Otley College, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance and the Rampton Property Trust.
While the exact cause of the disagreement is not known, it appears that the consortium and Easton Parish Council have failed to reach agreement.
A planning report notes that this led to the application site “being reduced by removing the parish council’s land”.
The new application has a higher density of housing than the previous application.
Officers noted that there had been objections to the revised application, but that these did not raise any new issues, and the application was recommended for approval at Wednesday’s planning meeting. The scheme would also include an extended primary school, a new village hall, a retail store and areas of public open space including allotments.