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Terrington residents anger at planning decision

PUBLISHED: 14:43 19 December 2017

The village sign in Terrington St Clement. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The village sign in Terrington St Clement. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Plans for new homes to be built in a village have raised anger amongst residents who feel they have been ignored.

Terrington parish councillor Sheila Young. Picture: Norfolk Conservatives.Terrington parish councillor Sheila Young. Picture: Norfolk Conservatives.

West Norfolk council’s planning committee approved plans for 44 houses to be built on Benns Lane in Terrington St Clement, despite nearly 340 people objecting to it.

Residents said they disagreed with local councillor and planning commiittee memberSheila Young’s comments that they were “uninformed” and felt she had not done enough to represent the views of the village.

Their main concerns were that the housing will place a burden on the already overstretched schools and busy roads.

Mark Bobbins, 54, who has been living in Benns Lane for 28 years, said: “I think she just ignored the residents.

The junction on the A17 near Terrington St Clement. Picture: Matthew Usher.The junction on the A17 near Terrington St Clement. Picture: Matthew Usher.

“Whether she’s in the planning committee or not is irrelevant, her job as a parish councillor is to represent the people who elected her.”

He said traffic near the two schools were already congested during the day and more housing will add to the problem, adding: “There are lorries and buses driving down there, it’s chaos. I wouldn’t know how the roads would cope.”

Another Benns Lane resident, Susan Allen, 56, said: “We know all the details, that is why we were dead against it.”
She said the roads were too narrow to cope with extra traffic, with the A17 being an accident blackspot, adding: “You take your life in your own hands coming out of there.”

Headteacher of Terrington St Clement Community School, Elizabeth Hackett, said she had not been informed of the plans until the decision was already made.

Miss Hackett added: “The Department for Education sets the rules and everybody had to do what they say. My only disappointment is we were not included in the conversations.”

She said the school did not have a say in whether it would be able to accommodate extra pupils and that the decision was based on the number of classrooms available in the school.

“We won’t be able to keep class sizes smaller than 30 which is something we have always done and budgeted for.”

Terrington parish councillor Sheila Young said she has been criticised online.

But despite the backlash she said she still stands by her comments.

“It is getting vicious and vexatious,” Mrs Young said. “It has continued to be very personal and nasty.

“I know I haven’t done anything wrong by the village.”

Mrs Young said she has not seen the comments herself but has a friend who is keeping her informed of the comments made.

“To whoever is asking what evidence I have for speaking in favour of the application, the evidence is in the planning application,” Mrs Young added.

“I have seen so many villages refuse to have new homes built and eventually the pub goes, the shop goes and the village begins to die.

“Terrington is an aging village and the only way to keep it sustainable is to have new blood come in.

“I am representing the bigger picture of the whole village.”

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