Small village set for extra homes despite concerns over lack of doctor’s surgery and poor public transport

PUBLISHED: 19:18 11 February 2019

A planning application for 40 homes at Bawdeswell has been approved. 

Picture: James Bass

A planning application for 40 homes at Bawdeswell has been approved. Picture: James Bass

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Plans for 40 homes to be built in a small mid-Norfolk village with no doctor’s surgery and poor transport to nearby towns will go ahead despite objections raised by villagers.

Planning permission had already been approved for 40 homes at Bawdeswell, on land off Hall Road, in March 2018 but developers Abel Group came before Breckland Council’s planning committee on Monday with amended plans incorporating new designs and reducing the number of affordable homes from 40pc to 20pc.

A representative from Abel Group told the committee that all planning criteria had been met and that the group aims to deliver the housing as soon as possible.

The local is planning to start work on the site within the month, with the first homes going on sale in late summer.

The application was submitted to the planning committee with recommendations for approval, with the case officer stating it would make a contribution towards the council’s five year land supply target,

But the application received objections from villagers who pointed to the lack of amenities, poor public transport in Bawdeswell and lack of affordable housing.

Speaking on behalf of Bawdeswell Parish Council, chairman Bill Cunliffe said: “We still have no doctor’s surgery or pharmacy in the village.

“There is still no public transport to Reepham or Dereham, and nothing to and from Norwich in the evening. We still have a very small primary school.

“We still simply do not have the infrastructure to satisfy current demands, let alone the additional demands 40 new dwellings would impose.

“These houses are not needed and not wanted.”

District councillor Gordon Bambridge spoke in support of the application, stating that the site had already been allocated for 40 houses.

Although he supported the application, he said the sewage in the area was a concern for him, adding: “The sewage arrangements at Hall Road has ever been adequate, it bubbles up in people’s gardens.

“It’s something I want planners to tackle Anglian Water on.”

The plans were approved by the planning committee by eight votes to one.

The report to the committee states that Norfolk County Council has found there is sufficient capacity at local schools and so no education contribution was being requested on that basis.

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