Plans for 300 new homes in West Norfolk up for consideration
PUBLISHED: 10:30 30 October 2015
More than 300 new homes could be built in west Norfolk if councillors give the go-ahead to three major developments.
The applications, which include a large proportion of affordable homes, are all recommended for approval and will be discussed by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee.
All reports related to the developments argue that the plans should be taken into consideration since the council failed to prove it has an adequate five-year land supply for housing.
Councillors will discuss the Hopkins Homes application for 166 homes on land between Hunstanton and Heacham, which includes a new access road and open space.
While Hunstanton Parish Council has not objected to the development, the town’s civic society and Heacham Parish Council have objected to the plans. Also on record is that 147 objection letters have been received.
The council has identified the site as a preferred location for future development in west Norfolk and the homes would consist of a mixture of houses, bungalows and flats.
“The impact of proposed dwellings will be limited as a result of the landscaping proposals shown in the accompanying landscape masterplan,” says the report to councillors.
Also on the agenda for the same meeting on Monday is outline planning for 117 homes in Emneth, near Wisbech, and 35 homes in Terrington St John, near King’s Lynn.
A report about the Emneth development recommends approval, despite the parish council’s objections, which are largely related to traffic concerns. It also explains the site, which is categorised as top quality grade-one agricultural land, had been withdrawn as one of West Norfolk Council’s preferred locations for future development.
In Terrington St John, the primary school playing field forms part of the 2.86 hectare site for the proposed 35 homes. While the application suggests a replacement “new sports and social field” will be included, the parish council feels there is “no real provision” in place for that to happen.
The proposal, which also includes dedicated parking for the school, is a re-submission following an earlier refusal. “The current application seeks to overcome the previous reasons for refusal,” says its report.
If the applications are approved, committee members are advised to make developers file a report explaining how their plans would contribute to areas such as affordable housing and open space in a Section 106 agreement.
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