Plans have been lodged to build 23 new homes in a Norfolk coastal town recently named one of the coolest places to live in the UK.

The proposed housing in Wells, an area known for its high number of second homeowners, will include a proportion dedicated to affordable housing for locals.

The Holkham Estate, which is behind the development, has said the new homes will provide "sustainable housing options" for people living and working in the town.

Eastern Daily Press: An artist's impression of the new homesAn artist's impression of the new homes (Image: Holkham Estate)

James Bracey, general manager for land and property at Holkham said: “We have worked closely with Norfolk District Council and Wells Town Council and consulted a recent Housing Needs Study to understand the current housing requirements and the impact that second homes and holiday lets are having on the area.

"As a result, our Policy Plus Plus approach goes beyond local policy, to provide sustainable housing options that are specially targeted at those currently living and working in Wells-next-the-Sea.

"We are confident the development will help to answer the town's current housing needs."

Eastern Daily Press: The proposed site plan in WellsThe proposed site plan in Wells (Image: Holkham Estate)

The homes could be built by Ashburton Close, adjoining the recent housing development at Home Piece Road, and will include semi-detached and detached homes, as well as a two-storey apartment.

Under the policy, 43pc of the planned homes will be split between housing provider Homes for Wells, who will match local people with intermediate rental housing, and an affordable housing provider.

Three properties will be kept under the ownership of Holkham Estate to be rented out.

About 40pc of the properties in Wells are second homes or used as holiday lets.

Locals have called for action to be taken on the issue, which has caused the population of the town to fall and house prices to rise, even going as far as proposing a ban.

More information about the proposed development can be found at

Anyone living in Wells-next-the-Sea wishing to comment on the plans can do so by completing the online form before Monday, April 3.