Tree fears could scupper plans

IAN CLARKE A scheme to create 10 new business units and new jobs in Dereham could be in doubt over concerns about loss of trees.Paul Meachen – of PC Ltd – wants to develop land at Rash's Green opposite the former Crane Fruehauf site.

IAN CLARKE

A scheme to create 10 new business units and new jobs in Dereham could be in doubt over concerns about loss of trees.

Paul Meachen – of PC Ltd – wants to develop land at Rash's Green opposite the former Crane Fruehauf site.

He hopes to attract new firms to the town and has previously said he has had interest in tenants filling the units.

Breckland councillors will decide on July 24 whether to give permission but tree officers have objected due to the "unacceptable loss of preserved trees on the site."

The trees include oak, ash, field maple and hawthorn.

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Town councillors raised no objection to the scheme, but also expressed concern about the impact on an oak tree.

Principal planning officer Nick Moys said the arguments for and against the scheme were "finely balanced" and hopes amended plans will be able to allow the job creating project to go ahead and retain trees.