Strong opposition to Swaffham housing development
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People living in a mid-Norfolk market town have joined forces to campaign against controversial housing developments.
Developer MLN Land and Properties plans to build about 185 houses on land south of Norwich Road in Swaffham – a site which sits across the road from another which has been eyed up for a scheme of 170 homes.
Planning permission has already been granted for some 1,000 homes in the town – and outline plans for a further 92 homes off New Sporle Road will be discussed by Swaffham Town Council on Wednesday.
The latest proposals have met with fierce objection, with people fearing the town will become 'swamped' .
Jeanne Flynn, from Swaffham, said: 'There is a group of Swaffham residents fighting these proposals; we have written to and had meetings with the town council, and sent individual letters for help to Liz Truss.
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'We feel we must make a stand before Swaffham is swamped by new build and loses its appeal to residents and visitors alike.'
Walter Rogers, from the town, said: 'Yet another major housing scheme for Swaffham, a scheme that we do not have the infrastructure for.'
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According to the developers, Swaffham is 'attractive' to a housebuilder because of its range of services and proximity to other towns and major link roads.
Town clerk Richard Bishop said the town council will discuss the plans once an application has been submitted to Breckland Council.
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