Builder submits reduced housing plan for Swaffham site

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Developers who already have planning permission for hundreds of new homes on the edge of Swaffham are now seeking to cut the number built by almost a fifth.

A new application relating to the Ben Bailey Homes off Brandon Road development is due to be debated by Breckland Council’s planning committee next Monday, April 13.

The scheme, which has been recommended for approval, aims to reduce the number of properties in phases two and three from the current 164 to 136, a reduction of 17 per cent.

The overall number of homes planned would also fall to 293.

A report to the committee said: “This reduction in proposed dwelling numbers results largely from a reduction in the number of terraced houses and the omission of previously proposed flats in favour of more spacious family housing.

“The general layout of roads and open spaces would essentially remain unchanged from the original scheme.”

The latest proposal has been supported by Swaffham’s town council, who are described in the report as being “content” with the reduction in the number of homes.

However, the authority has said the social housing contained in the scheme should be an “acceptable proportion” of the development and suitable for the town’s needs as a whole.

A total of 391 homes were originally planned for the site, which is made up of former industrial land including the old Redland tile factory, when planning consent was first granted by the district council in 2009.

That was then reduced to 335 when a revised application was approved in 2012.