Housing plan for Long Stratton, Norfolk approved despite design fears

A housing association has been given permission to build 11 new homes in a Norfolk village despite concerns the design would not fit in with the surrounding area.

South Norfolk Council's planning committee approved Saffron Housing Trust's plans to build the 11 affordable homes on land north of Fairfield Close, Long Stratton, despite some councillors expressing fears the development's curved roofs would not fit in with the wider appearance of south Norfolk homes and would have a negative impact on a neighbouring listed building, The Old Parsonage.

The development will provide four one-bedroom flats, two two-bedroom flats, two two-bedroom houses and three three-bedroom houses on a 0.5 hectare site of rough scrubland outside the village's development boundary, which would be surrounded by thick mature trees.

The council received 12 letters from residents objecting to the plans, which cited the impact of extra cars associated with the development which would add to traffice on the already congested A140 running through the village and the design was not in-keeping with neighbouring properties.

One of the objectors, Matthew Armon, told Wednesday's meeting the results of the Local Development Framework (LDF), to determine development sites within the village, should be known before any decision to go ahead.

He also said the development contravened planning policy guidelines.

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