Parish council urges villagers to speak out over Heacham homes plan

Villagers get to see the revised plans for the Homes for Heacham scheme at a consultation night at S

Villagers get to see the revised plans for the Homes for Heacham scheme at a consultation night at St Mary's Church Hall. Picture; Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

A parish council is urging residents to make their voices heard about a controversial housing plan.

Heacham Parish Council are asking villagers to write to West Norfolk Borough Council's planning department with comments relating to an application from housing association Broadland Housing to build 70 homes and a care home in the village.

This is the latest proposal after plans for 200 homes were rejected by the borough council's planning committee in September.

Parish council secretary Philippa Sewell said: 'We haven't seen anything in the plans themselves to change our position.

'Although the developers have talked about 70 houses they haven't mentioned the number of housing with care properties that will be built or the numbers in the care home so we estimate it could be over the 100 mark.

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'I think more people are realising the impact on the village just building these structures will have.

'It is important that residents who do have objections or comments to make about the development do so.'

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A number of comments have already appeared on the borough council's planning website in regards to the development even before the parish council's appeal.

On Thursday villagers and councillors were given their first taste of the plans at an exhibition in the village.

A new substation and allotments are also proposed in the plans for the site off School Road.

The new proposals will be discussed at a parish council meeting tomorrow evening.

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