Controversial homes bid could go ahead

Site of proposed development in Black Horse Road, Clenchwarton: Pictures Peter Howlett

Site of proposed development in Black Horse Road, Clenchwarton: Pictures Peter Howlett - Credit: Archant

A development of up to 50 homes could go ahead, despite more than 40 objections.

Proposals for the properties on land west of Black Horse Road in Clenchwarton, are recommended for approval by West Norfolk councillors at a planning meeting on April 4.

A report to the council states that, with a pressing need for homes in the borough, the application submitted by clients of Swann Edwards would contribute towards the authority's five-year housing supply.

But some residents are concerned the existing road is too narrow, although the plans include widening it, and it is already congested.

Peter Howlett, who lives in the road, said: 'About 40 people have put their remarks on the council website. Black Horse Road was originally just for horse and carts. It's not up to taking construction traffic.'

Opponents of the scheme are being supported by Clenchwarton Parish Council and county councillor for Clenchwarton, Alexandra Kemp.

She said: 'Local opinion needs to be respected. The road is too narrow, and it would lead to a major congestion problem.'

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Letters of objection raise concerns about highway safety, and claim the existing infrastructure would not be able to cope.

Resident Jacqueline Eyles said: 'This road is a single- track rural backwater, already under strain from the amount of traffic it currently carries.

'The addition of 100-plus cars emptying out on to this road on a daily basis would cause unacceptable hazards to walkers, children, horses, dogs and those of us who already live here and have to use the road many times each day.'

Are you objecting to a planning application? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk