Fears over homes’ impact on Harleston

Plans to build 120 homes in Harleston have been submitted for approval, despite residents' concerns about pressure on schools and doctors surgeries as well as water and sewerage.

Persimmon Homes (Anglia) has applied to South Norfolk Council for permission to build the homes with open space, attenuation lagoon, roundabout access and off site highways works on land to the north east of Mendham Lane.

The plans specify 80 of the homes will be sold on the open market, including 26 two-, 31 three- and 23 four-bedroom homes.

The rest will be social housing for rent, including eight one-bedroom, 17 two-bedroom, 14 three-bedroom and one four-bedroom home, while parking will be provided for 289 cars on the 48-hectare site.

However, nearby resident David Taylor raised concerns about Persimmon Homes failing to sell housing stock already built in the town due to a lack of jobs and rising fuel prices making travel uneconomic.

Another resident raised concerns about the Harleston Waste Water Treatment plant, fearing it would not be able to cope with the increased demand generated by the 120 homes.

The objector also said that a brownfield site would have been better.

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