Two housing developments could get the greenlight despite significant opposition from the public

House building in Norfolk. Picture: Simon Finlay

House building in Norfolk. Picture: Simon Finlay - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Two housing developments which have faced significant opposition from the public could be given the go-ahead when they go before the Breckland Council's planning committee on Monday.

The planning applications for homes in Mattishall and Bawdeswell, in mid Norfolk, have both been recommended for approval by council case officers.

The proposal for up to 50 new homes south of Dereham Road, in Mattishall was submitted by Pegasus Urban Design on behalf of Gladman Developments.

It has received over 60 objections from the public with residents highlighting concerns including flood risks, increased demand on schools and surgeries, and ongoing sewerage problems.

The wide-scale opposition is a repeat of the objections lodged against the developer's previous proposal made in 2014 for up to 90 properties on the land.


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That application received more than 100 objections and was refused by Breckland Council because the number of homes meant the density of the properties would be too high and would not be reflective of the village location.

The refusal also noted highway safety concerns, stating: 'The sub-standard design of the access, the lack of pedestrian link from the frontage of the site back into the village, and the requirement for an additional bus stop provision results in a proposal that is not acceptable.'

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Similarly the proposal for 40 new homes on land off of Hall Road in Bawdeswell has received over 45 objections from the public.

They raise concerns over the impact the housing may have on highway safety at nearby junctions, the lack of services in the area, and the possible impact on the appearance of the village.

Bawdeswell Parish Council also lodged opposition because it would create an 'impossible burden on the very limited services in a small village'.

They also noted there would be a greater traffic congestion and there are no employment opportunities in the village.

However, case officers for both of the developments have recommended them for approval because they will contribute towards the housing supply and in both cases, 40pc of the homes will be affordable. They also expect the new households to bring increased expenditure in the local economy and employment opportunities during the construction phase.

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