Large Holt housing development unanimously refused by North Norfolk District Council

12:48 02 October 2014

Vice chairman of Holt Town Council John Allison.

Vice chairman of Holt Town Council John Allison.

A large housing development which could have caused “building indigestion” in Holt was unanimously rejected by councillors.

The Gladman Developments outline planning application for up to 170 homes south of Lodge Close, next to Holt Country Park, was thrown out by North Norfolk District Council’s development committee today.

It was recommended for refusal by planning officers because it would create over capacity issues at the town primary school and encroach into the countryside.

Committee member Michael Baker, who represents Holt, said: “Over the last few months the committee has granted substantial planning permissions to Holt. Lots of people think we have given far too many permissions. I think one can look at this site and use the term building indigestion. I don’t think Holt can take it.”

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

Mr Baker added the site - a seven hectare field - could potentially be used for a new primary school.

The current Norwich Road school is not suitable for expansion as well as being “decrepit”.

Mr Baker blasted one of the proposed accesses off Lodge Close as “ridiculous” which “stretched common sense to all boundaries”.

The other access would be off Beresford Road.

Holt Town Council unanimously voted against the application after members decided it was premature and could be a fire risk being so close to the park.

They also had concerns about the inadequate access roads, one of which passed a children’s play area.

John Allison, town council vice chairman, told the committee: “Holt Primary School is full to capacity and that is before any of the 400 plus new dwellings are built that have already been passed by yourselves. Pupils are being sent to surrounding village schools which is not ideal.”

Objector Trevor Ellis said the development would not be sustainable.

Lydia Voyias, application planning agent, said the scheme would create affordable housing, open space and access to the country park as well as being sustainable.

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