Plans to build 51 homes near Norwich have been described as "excessive and totally unacceptable" by a parish council.

A planning application was lodged last month to build 30 affordable and 21 open-market homes in Newton St Faith, but plans have caused controversy with locals raising questions over the increase in village population, traffic issues and access to services.

Now the parish council has hit out at the plans saying the village is not suitable for commuters heading to Norwich via bus or car, telling Broadland District Council it "strongly objects" to the proposal.

Homes would be built in Manor Road on disused grazing land to the east of the road along with 110 parking spaces and a new entrance road in close proximity to the A140 Cromer Road slip road.

Eastern Daily Press: Land where new homes are planned to be built in Newton St FaithLand where new homes are planned to be built in Newton St Faith (Image: Newsquest)

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Council bosses also slammed the project as being "too large" for the village with "poor amenities and inadequate infrastructure".

They said the site would cause a loss of amenities to villagers, particularly those living in nearby Newton Street, with doctors and schools stretched as it is.

According to the parish council statement, a large shopping trip would require a car journey out of the village as its only existing shop is small.

Eastern Daily Press: A map of plans for Newton St Faith homesA map of plans for Newton St Faith homes (Image: Broadland District Council)

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Bright Future Developments St Faiths Ltd has previously been given permission to build 19 homes on the site.

The statement concludes: "The site already has permission for 19 dwellings and this proposal is excessive and totally unacceptable."

The area's Liberal Democrat district councillors Sue Holland and Dan Roper are also opposing the new development.

But a spokesman from architects Chaplin Farrant has said: "Our client values the local community and welcomes their input - however balance has to be given to the fact affordable and open market housing is urgently needed." 

The application has so far received 29 public responses with all of them objecting to the plans.

It is hoped a decision will be made on the plans by June 27.