Concerns over 93-homes site

New housing development land at Hemsby.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

New housing development land at Hemsby.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Concerns over road dangers, flooding and loss of views have been expressed by a care home following a proposal to build nearly 100 homes in a village.

Developer Scott Properties is seeking outline planning permission from the borough council to build 93 new homes in Hemsby. The greenfield site is bordered by Yarmouth Road with existing houses to the north and east, and farmland to the south and west.

Church Farm Residential Home in Hemsby would be one of the new housing development's neighbours.

But care home manager Anne Morley said: 'Some over 100-year-olds will lose their beautiful view of the fields and sky that they look out to at present.'

She also pointed out the grounds of the home flood when it rains with the drainage unable to cope. Coupled to that she feels the entrance to the new housing site will create a danger to road users.

'Residents and visitors already face a hazardous exit from the home, more traffic will surely add to the risk.'

The submitted plans show a footpath would be re-routed to maintain access to the former railway line and spaces for 233 cars to be parked across the site.

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Parish council chairman Keith Kyriacou said councillors had met on Monday this week and gave their blessing to the scheme.

Mr Kyriacou said: 'We are a primary village so we have got to have extra houses built and as a parish council we can't stop that. We haven't got a problem with the plan. The developer has come up with a very good scheme.'

Mr Kyriacou said that in a consultation, the developers said they would address concerns about surface water flooding by installing a pond. He also welcomed planned bungalows at the site as 'not a lot of developers want to build bungalows.'

At a pre-application meeting, a borough planning officer suggested it may be necessary for a more detailed assessment to help alleviate the impact on the landscape to neighbouring homes.

The proposed houses are a mixture of two-storey houses and bungalows consisting of six one-bed flats, 11 two-bedroom bungalows, seven two-bedroom, 58 three-bedroom homes and 11 four-bedroom homes.

It is proposed access to the site will be provided by a new priority controlled T-junction from Yarmouth Road, to the north of its existing junction with Kings Way and Newport Road.

Developers said the scheme also offers to potential to improve pedestrian and cycle links between Hemsby and Ormesby to the south.

The proposals include forming a new area of public open space, as well as a pond which was added after a public consultation to help alleviate local surface water flooding issues.

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