Anger over bid for 250 homes in Norfolk village

A decision is due over whether 250 homes will be built in Poringland.

A decision is due over whether 250 homes will be built in Poringland. - Credit: PA

Decisions over whether to allow 250 homes to be built in a village on the outskirts of Norwich will be made tomorrow, with scores of objectors hoping councillors will turn down the plans.

Protesters against the two applications for Poringland, for land to the west of Norwich Road, say the new homes will lead to clogged roads and change the character of the village.

David Wilson Homes has asked South Norfolk Council for permission to build 150 homes to the west of Norwich Road and south of Caistor Lane, with a new road off Caistor Lane.

The same applicant has also asked for outline planning permission for up to 100 further homes to the north of that site, with access via Stoke Road.

Officers at South Norfolk Council are recommending that members of the development management committee grant permission for the two schemes when they meet tomorrow.

But the council has received 120 letters objecting to the two schemes, with Poringland people concerned the homes will create congestion, would change the face of the local area, would heap pressure on existing infrastructure, could cause drainage problems and would be overbearing.

Poringland Parish Council has lodged objections to both schemes and is urging members of the committee to refuse permission for both schemes.

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Caroline Milton, Poringland Parish Council clerk, said in her council's submission: 'We have major concerns about the impact of traffic on Stoke Road and believe the traffic assessment to be flawed.'

On the design of the homes for the 150-home site, she said: 'This design is very pedestrian, it shows no character and is bland in the extreme, with a dominance of car parking.

'It is not in sympathy with surrounding developments across the village and does not add to the character of the village in any way.'

In the report which will come before councillors. council officers state: 'It is noted that there has been a significant amount of objection to the proposal from local residents and parish councils raising a number of issues, particularly in respect of the sensitivity of the site and the potential impact on the local highway network.'

Council officers acknowledge that the developments will lead to extra traffic, but say planned highway improvements will reduce the impact.

And they say that, with South Norfolk Council needing to show it has a five-year supply of housing and the sites being preferred locations for development in the joint core strategy - a blueprint for where homes should be built up to 2026 - permission should be granted.

The committee will make its decisions when it meets at the council's officers in Swan Lane, Long Stratton at 10am tomorrow.