Decision day deferred for two housing developments in mid Norfolk

Stone curlews could put a stop to a 177-home development. Picture: Chris Gomersall/rspb-images.com

Stone curlews could put a stop to a 177-home development. Picture: Chris Gomersall/rspb-images.com - Credit: Chris Gomersall/rspb-images.com

The decisions on two controversial housing developments in mid Norfolk were deferred this morning.

Schemes for 65 homes at Mattishall and 177 homes off Mallard Road in Watton were scheduled to be decided by Breckland Council's planning committee today but late submissions from statutory bodies led to both being deferred until the New Year.

Tesni Developments applied to build an estate on the edge of Watton however, due to the site's proximity to a stone curlew buffer zone, put in place to prevent development from affecting the rare birds, the RSPB has submitted a report objecting to it.

After receiving the report, Breckland officers have decided an Environmental Impact Assessment will be needed as part of the application.

Gladman Developments have applied to build 65 homes on land south of Dereham Road, Mattishall, despite being in the appeal process over 90 homes on the same site.

Breckland felt the applicant needed more time to respond after the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), which is the statutory body for planning consultation over flooding and drainage, submitted a report last week highlighting issues.