Trowse protesters fight housing plans with Christmas carols

Keep Trowse Special campaigners, some in Victorian attire appealing to planners to preserve the fabr

Keep Trowse Special campaigners, some in Victorian attire appealing to planners to preserve the fabric of the village. Photo: Steve Adams

Carol-singing campaigners showed their opposition to new homes in a historic village with a tuneful festive twist.

Keep Trowse Special campaigners, some in Victorian attire appealing to planners to preserve the fabr

Keep Trowse Special campaigners, some in Victorian attire appealing to planners to preserve the fabric of the village. Photo: Steve Adams

Dressed in Victorian clothing reflecting Trowse's model village heritage, the group of around 30 villagers sang specially-adapted carols on the common before moving into the city where they performed outside the Forum.

The group, under the banner of Keep Trowse Special, was objecting to proposals for new houses which they say would change the village beyond recognition and betray its history as the UK's first model village.

Their performance included a version of silent night directed at South Norfolk Council, ending with the refrain 'Listen to the people of Trowse'.

Planning applications have been made for 231 homes in the village, while the nearby Deal Ground has been given outline planning permission for a further 670. Trowse has also been earmarked for a further 160 homes by 2026, cut from the original figure of 250, under South Norfolk Council's local plan.

For more on this story, see Monday's newspapers.