Fleggburgh village homes to be built despite protest

Plans have been submitted for 12 homes on farm land in Fleggburgh, which has got residents worried t

Plans have been submitted for 12 homes on farm land in Fleggburgh, which has got residents worried that it could be the start of a much larger development.Madeleine Carter, Matilda Utting,Olivia Utting,Holly Neeve, Jamie Bancroft and Gracie Bancroft. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Plans to build nine new village homes have been approved despite opposition.

Plans to build nine new village homes have been approved despite opposition.

Concerns from residents in Fleggburgh over traffic, flooding and insufficient infrastructure were raised at a meeting of the borough council's planning committee on Wednesday night.

The development site is former farm land which borders Rollesby Road and Tower Road and forms an entrance point to the village from the east.

Matthew Hollywood, who spoke at the meeting on behalf of the applicant, said that the scheme would benefit those living in the village.

The developer has said they will improve and extend a pond in the village, create a continuous path Main Road to the doctor's surgery add build additional pedestrian crossings to busy roads.

Cllr Charles Reynolds, who represents neighbouring Ormesby ward, said the village needed to accept its share of the borough's housing targets.

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'This is a small development in many terms.

The Flegg villages, like it or not, have got to take some of the pressure of housing.'

The parish council had opposed the scheme when it was first submitted, but withdrew its opposition after the number of houses on the plot was reduced 10.

Speaking against the plans, villager Mr Robertson said he did not think the homes should be built before infrastructure improvements had been made.

He said: 'I think planners are trying to put the cart before the horse.'

Councillors visited the site on July 27 to get a better idea, after they deferred the decision from the previous meeting.

The plans are for six terraced homes and three detached properties.

There will be no quota for affordable housing as part of the scheme is too small to be covered by the government regulations.

Anglian Water said there was enough capacity in the sewerage system to cope with the new housing and the developer has built in soakaways to the site plans in order to deal with excess rainwater.

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