New homes in Docking set for approval, despite strong opposition from the parish council

Construction work on new homes. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Construction work on new homes. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A housing development comprising 77 new homes on an 'eyesore' site could get the green light from planners next week, despite strong opposition from the parish council.

Avada Ltd wants to build the properties plus ancillary buildings on the former Granaries site at Station Road in Docking.

Fifteen of the homes would be affordable and West Norfolk Council's planning committee is recommended to approve the plans, subject to the completion of legal agreements, next week.

In a report published ahead of the meeting, the applicant states that it has become an 'eyesore' site, and the new homes would plug the housing shortfall in the area.

But Docking Parish Council has objected and claims that nearly 80 new homes is too many for the site.

It said: '77 properties in 7.5 acres is far too great. The council welcomed earlier schemes for 40 dwellings that would tidy up the site. The village will not cope with the influx of residents and children, and the impact on school and other services.'

Six pieces of correspondence were received by the council.

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One resident said that, 'the amount of properties is too many at 77, particularly when a similar-sized site at Langham has only 24 properties'.

Another person suggested that, as the site had been an eyesore for many years, and any attempt to improve it was overdue, that was 'not a reason to grant a developer carte blanche with their proposals'.

However, the company said there was an acute shortage of new homes in the area, and the new development would reduce the pressure on property in high-priced surrounding villages including Thornham, Brancaster and the Burnhams.

It said: 'The application site has a long history of being at the heart of the village. In recent years it has become an eyesore.

'The proposals will transform this derelict site into a beautiful corner of the village with traditional Norfolk homes. It will also help to sustain remaining local community services and local businesses.'

Planning permission was previously approved for 40 homes across the site, and the report states that the extra homes would be acceptable.

The planning meeting will be held at the council offices in King's Lynn from 9.30am on Monday

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