Councillors set to give go-ahead for 250 new homes in Downham Market today

PUBLISHED: 08:32 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:51 08 January 2018

The site off Nightingale Road, Downham Market. Picture: Ian Burt

The site off Nightingale Road, Downham Market. Picture: Ian Burt

Controversial plans for 250 new homes on the outskirts of Downham Market look set to get the go-ahead today.

Permission was granted for 170 new properties on a 14ha site off Nightingale Lane, near the A1122, in October 2016.

Developers the Grosvenor Partnership then applied to increase the number of homes to 300, but council papers say planning permission was refused on grounds of “inappropriate density, localised highway issues and inappropriate siting of roundabout and unsustainable development”.

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Grosvenor has now scaled the number down to 250 homes in its application for outline planning permission.

West Norfolk council’s planning committee is being recommended to agree outline planning permission when it meets at King’s Court in King’s Lynn this morning.

So-called reserved matters - including the type of homes and layout of the development - must be agreed before work can begin.

Downham town council objects. Its say without additional infrastructure for water, sewage, electricity and increased traffic, the development is not sustainable.

There have also been more than 50 letters of objection on grounds including the impact it would have on nurseries, schools and doctors’ surgeries.

But a report to councillors says the land is already earmarked for development, adding: “It is considered that the site can

accommodate (subject to design and appropriate layout) up to 250 dwellings without material harm to the visual amenity of the locality or neighbour amenity.”

The report says the development includes open space with “a strong green infrastructure network, and new linkages to the town”.

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