Bid for 165 homes in Norfolk village receives more than 120 objections

PUBLISHED: 20:16 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 20:28 16 January 2018

The area around Bulgate Lane. Picture: Google

The area around Bulgate Lane. Picture: Google


More than 120 objections have been lodged against a controversial bid to build 165 homes in a village.

However Gladman Developments said the new homes off Burgate Lane, Poringland would offer a “wide benefits in terms of making a strategically important contribution to housing supply and economic objects”.

The company submitted a planning application to South Norfolk Council in November 2017, with the plans due to be discussed by the council’s development management committee on January 31.

Since then objections have been steadily growing, with parish and district councillor John Overton, calling them “unprofessional” and “unsatisfactory”.

The largest concerns are the impact on drainage, infrastructure and the increase in traffic, with suggestions that the plans have been “rushed” with no proper surveys on how the development could affect the area.

Gladman Developments said in its application that “harm arising as a result of the development would not be considered sufficient to outweigh the benefits”.

It says it would be investment into the community - but Mr Overton said: “From day one my stance has been that I don’t think it is an appropriate development because it is outside the development area.

“But the developers will challenge the council and there will be a lot of people at the meeting.

“The residents in Poringland have been following what has been going on with the same developers in Mattishall - by going to meetings to gain an understanding of how the planning process works.”

There have also been concerns about potential flooding.

In a comment, Anglian Water said the Poringland Water Recycling Centre “currently does not have the capacity to treat the flows” and that the development will ”lead to an unacceptable risk of flooding”.

Anglian Water has recommended a condition that work should be carried out to improve these risks before the homes are occupied.

Gladman Developments have been approached for further comment.

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