Holt town councillors worried about potential lack of affordable homes on farmland

Councillors are concerned about a potential lack of affordable housing on an application for a large out of town development.

Outline planning permission to develop the 14.2 hectare site on Heath Farm, Hempstead Road, Holt, known as HO9, has been submitted to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).

Holt Town Council debated the application by Brown Brothers and Bullen Investments on last night.

Up to 215 homes could be built over three phases and it is hoped a new roundabout and link road between the A148 and Hempstead Road could be built from the end of next year or the beginning of 2015.

As well as homes the site will also include industrial units, employment and open space. The outline application said the site would potentially include 20pc affordable homes.

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Andy Turner said: 'I'd like to think we could go a little bit higher than that. I don't think 20pc would make a dent in the waiting list for social housing.'

Jonathon Read said: 'Affordable housing is very important and crucial for young families. We should fight for it.'

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Chairman Bryan Payne said he was concerned the recent NNDC decision to allow Hopkins Homes to build on the former HL Foods factory site in North Walsham with no affordable homes had set a precedent.

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