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Plan for 15 new homes in blooming Broads village draws concerns

PUBLISHED: 15:54 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:19 04 December 2018

The parcel of land in Pound Lane which has been earmarked for homes Picture: Google Maps

The parcel of land in Pound Lane which has been earmarked for homes Picture: Google Maps

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A village famous for its flowers is trying to nip in the bud the efforts of a housing developer targeting a triangle of land.

The scheme for 15 homes off Pound Lane in Filby is drawing concerns with the parish council saying it is poised to object.

Parker Planning Services wants permission to build the homes which it says would be in keeping with the character of the village.

In papers submitted in support of the application it says the mix of properties, including three affordable ones, would enable new families to move in encouraging “social diversity and vitality.”

Near neighbours in Pound Lane and on Main Road have objected, citing a range of concerns including drainage, traffic, flood risk and the effect on wildlife.

One respondent said because Pound Lane was used as a short cut to Ormesby it was already too busy and dangerous.

Filby Parish Council is due to discuss the application at its meeting in the club room at 7pm on Wednesday December 5.

Chairman Adrian Thompson said he was surprised about the bid for housing on land outside the village development limits.

He said Filby had seen some 60 homes built in the last few years.

A spokesman for Parker Planning Services said: “We have considerable experience of dealing with housing developments located outside of previously assigned settlement boundaries.

“Planning policies support housing in this type of location.

“In relation to a recent application we dealt with and won the Planning Inspectorate stated that all settlements can play a role in delivering sustainable development in rural areas.

“In our view, new housing developments are all about being proportional in terms of the scale of development for the location of the site.

“The proposal would allow the village to grow in a reasonable way, as well as helping to meet the national shortfall of housing and the provision of much needed housing.”

People have until December 21 to have their say.

To view the full application click the link here.

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