Campaigners fighting against plans for 200 homes at Sculthorpe near Fakenham prepare to greet planning inspector
- Credit: Ian Burt
Campaigners fighting controversial proposals to double the size of a village with 200 new homes are set to make their feelings clear to a planning inspector.
At least 30 people are expected to greet the inspector when he visits the development site in Sculthorpe, near Fakenham, on Thursday.
Residents have been opposing Amstel Group Corporation's application to build 200 homes since their initial proposal, and in January 2016 North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) rejected the plans, calling them unsustainable.
An appeal by Amstel Group's agents, Indigo, has now led to a six day public inquiry which got underway on Monday, April 24. It is expected to conclude on Thursday, May 4.
On the final day of the inquiry an inspector will spend the morning visiting the proposed site and campaigners are keen to greet him.
Jill Payne, a spokeswoman for campaign group Save Sculthorpe, said they had been given little notice of the visit but she hopes to see at least 30 people joining them on the day.
Campaign chairman Brian Watkins, said: 'When the inspector walks round the village he'll see there's a lot of feeling here about this. There are signs everywhere stating 'Say No to Indigo.'
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'Ultimately he's just there to look at the field but I'm certain he will see is how the village feels. I'm sure he's already got an idea but this will reinforce the feelings.'
The developers told the inquiry the new homes would be a benefit to the community and present a 'real opportunity' to build affordable homes.
But Mr Watkins says the company is completely out of touch with what the residents want.
'One of the things that has come up during the inquiry is they would like to provide us with land to have a new village hall. This hasn't done them any favours. I've had to ask people to stop emailing me about it because I've had so many from people expressing distaste at the idea.'
He added: 'As far as we're concerned I think it is going well, I hope it is. I don't know how we could lose but it's all about points of law. Morally and practically and in terms of whether or not it's actually plausible, it's nonsense.'