Controversial plans for new homes in Fleggburgh set for approval

Fleggburgh (Burgh St Margaret) village signPicture: James Bass

Fleggburgh (Burgh St Margaret) village signPicture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

A trimmed down version of a controversial planning application looks set to find favour with borough council planners.

Plans to bring 19 homes to a field plot fronting Tower Road and Rollesby Road in Fleggburgh triggered 62 objections and a 153 signature petition.

But a new bid sees the ten Tower Road properties removed and seeks permission for the remaining nine only.

Members of Great Yarmouth Borough Council's development control committee will consider the application at its meeting on Wednesday at 6.30pm.

According to officer reports Fleggburgh has a 'complete lack of public services' although the site is said to be 'potentially suitable, available and achievable for small frontage development.'

Objections range from concerns over drainage to loss of agricultural land as well as fears over the safety of a nearby duck pond.

Some opponents have written again to the council saying their original objections remain valid despite the reduced number of homes.

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One resident said they were 'very concerned and disappointed' the new plans had even been considered given the groundswell of public opinion against building on the site.

The letter writer also voiced concerns about opening the way for more development in the village, adding: 'We do not feel that any of the concerns from residents about traffic, flooding, and lack of infrastructure from the previous objections have been taken into account.'

The proposed access has been tagged 'an accident waiting to happen.'

Another wrote in protest saying the positioning of two pedestrian crossings moved the likelihood of an accident from a possibility to a definite.

Traffic concerns also weighed heavily with another villager who said: 'We hope that Fleggburgh can retain the quaintness and tranquillity of the Norfolk village we moved into.'

Despite the objections officers are asking members to approve the plans for nine homes on the field which lies outside the development boundary.

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