Council rejects housing plans
Plans to build 249 homes in Downham Market have been thrown out by councillors.Country and Metropolitan Homes hoped to build the homes, a crèche and three shops along with new estate roads on land to the south of Railway Road, which borders parts of the Willows Nature Reserve.
Plans to build 249 homes in Downham Market have been thrown out by councillors.
Country and Metropolitan Homes hoped to build the homes, a crèche and three shops along with new estate roads on land to the south of Railway Road, which borders parts of the Willows Nature Reserve.
The site has outline plann-ing permission but 'reserved matters' plans were objected to by Downham Market Town Council and the highways authority and local residents.
Country and Metropolitan said it believed the proposed development was in character with the townscape and
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But a report to the council's development control board, which met on Monday, said the development, because of its scale, mass and height, was very poor and would result in an oppressive form of development. Encroachment onto the nature reserve was also a worry.