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A tied vote among Breckland councillors forced planning committee chairman Nigel Wilkin to use his casting vote to refuse an application for 291 homes in Dereham yesterday.

A single carriageway road bridge over a heritage railway line proved to be a bridge too far for an application for 291 houses in Dereham which was refused by planners.

Campaigners fighting plans for 50 homes in their village told a government planning inspector that allowing them to be built would be a “slap in the face for local democracy”.

Drivers navigating a busy market town are more likely to risk using dangerous A47 junctions than battle with town centre congestion, it has been revealed.

The demolition of an historic farmhouse and barns in Necton is expected to be approved by planners to make way for 46 new homes.

A developer was warned to “work with the community” after an application for 284 homes in Dereham was turned down by council planners by one vote.

Campaigners fighting plans to build homes next to a Dereham beauty spot are calling on people to show the strength of feeling against the development at a planning meeting on Monday.

An appeal has been submitted against Breckland Council’s refusal of planning permission for 50 homes on a piece of farmland in Mattishall.

Residents in Wells have expressed their anger and frustration after planning permission was granted for a two-storey property to be built next to an existing holiday let.

Fresh calls are being made to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Wells after it emerged that almost a third of all homes in the town are now either second homes or holiday homes.

A developer has seen an application for 25 homes in a rural village refused for the second time after it came back to Breckland Council on a technicality.

A new development of 127 houses has been given approval for land behind the redundant maltings in Dereham but the maltings building itself will not be brought back into commercial use.

A new development of 14 homes on land in Hockering has been approved in order to give a growing business the opportunity to create new jobs in Breckland.

Cheers rang out in a council chamber as a controversial scheme for 50 homes on the edge of a village was unanimously refused.

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