97 new homes for Downham Market

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Nearly 100 homes will be built on a former builder’s yard at Downham after planners gave the green light to developers.

H C Moss Builders was granted permission build 97 homes on land between Railway Road and Richmond Road by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee yesterday.

But concerns were expressed by Anthony White over the impact of the new estate on a roundabout close to the development site.

He told the meeting: “We are already having problems with the roundabout and putting up more houses is not going to make it any better.”

Mr White, who represents Hilgay with Denver ward, also asked if the proposed 20mph speed limit for the estate would be enforceable, which it is.

Geoffrey Wareham also called for the roundabout to be made distinctive to make it clear to drivers.

Zipha Christopher also highlighted concerns about the design of the homes.

She said: “I’m sure it is not beyond the ability of the designers to make them look more appealing and give then a bit of style. Give someone a home to be proud instead of a little box.”

The application includes provision for 19 affordable homes.

The development will be include family sized two bedroom homes and bungalows.