Villagers hit back after developer wins appeal to build 133 homes
PUBLISHED: 11:19 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:01 28 September 2018
People have responded with anger after a housing developer won an appeal to build 133 homes in their village.
Developer W.H. Kerkham was given planning permission to build 69 homes on land off Cheney Hill, Heacham, in 2016, before applying to build a further 64 properties which they had won permission for on appeal earlier this month.
This is despite opposition from more than 200 villagers, many of whom feel their concerns have been ignored.
They had raised concerns about increased traffic, lack of employment opportunities and infrastructure in the village as well as concerns the houses will be sold as second homes.
But following the appeal, a spokesman on behalf of WH Kerkham, consultancy firm Pegasus Group, said the development would include affordable housing, open spaces and infrastructure improvements.
In response to the plans being approved, Heacham Parish Council is developing a neighbourhood plan in which its parishioners will detail the issues with the site allocation, the number of houses already on site and problems with the design.
A council spokesman said: “Heacham Parish Council is very disappointed and angry that the inspectorate should allow the 64 houses to be added to the 69 already approved by the King’s Lynn Borough Council planning committee.
“The large village of Heacham cannot sustain this amount of increase in housing.”
The council fears the additional houses will lead to a further 200 cars in and around the village roads, causing more delays when trying to join the A149 which links Heacham to Hunstanton and King’s Lynn.
They added: “There are not enough manufacturing or employment opportunities in the village to support new residents, who will have to travel the A149 to King’s Lynn or further afield for work.”
“This decision to effectively double the size of this development against the wishes of the local community, will not only serve to undermine the whole neighbourhood planning process, it will also do little to persuade people that planning is undertaken in a logical manner and that agreements made are respected.”