Terrington councillor Sheila Young hits back at objectors after approving housing bid
PUBLISHED: 14:43 08 December 2017
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A parish councillor has hit back at “uninformed objectors” after a controversial planning application was given the go ahead.
Around 340 people voiced their objections to plans for 44 houses to be built on a brownfield site in Terrington St Clement, near King’s Lynn.
But West Norfolk council’s planning committee approved plans for the houses to be built on 2.37ha of land on the west of Benns Lane.
A report published ahead of the meeting included a number of issues raised by hundreds of people objecting to the plans.
These included worries of additional pressure on the Station Road junction with the A17, which has seen a number of accidents in recent years.
Another commented: “The doctors and schools are already over-subscribed. Hospital is over-stretched.
“Affordable housing will bring in some people that could make the village unsafe.”
Councillor Sheila Young, who is a member of the planning committee and the village’s parish council, said the objectors were “uninformed”.
She added: “People who have put forward vigorous objections have not done their homework, they have not read the planning investigation and conclusion.
“When something like this comes up, people who are asked for opinions are people like highways and schools, and the capacity of GPs are questioned.”
Mrs Young said the two village schools have areas which could be used as extra classrooms and the surgery has the capacity for more patients, which she said would give them sustainability.
She said that while accidents have happened on the A17 junction, it was on the edge of town, adding: “There are other ways to access that road.”
The report also includes objections made by the village parish council, stating that the infrastructure needed substantial improvement to cope with any additional use.
But Mrs Young said the parish council’s objection did not represent the views of the entire village and that she had deliberately sat out of their discussions due to her commitments in the borough’s planning committee.
She added: “Terrington has the capacity to increase its population to keep it sustainable in the near future.”