Council views sought on Swaffham housing plan

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Up to 200 new homes could be built on the eastern edge of Swaffham under plans which are currently being drawn up by developers.

Although no formal application has been submitted for the site on Norwich Road, planning consultants have approached Breckland Council for their views on the potential environmental impact of the proposal.

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MLN (Land and Properties) Limited first signalled their wish to build homes in the town when they held a public exhibition earlier this year.

They have now appointed Staffordshire-based solicitors Knights to prepare an application to develop almost seven hectares of land which they describe as “open countryside.”

In his letter to the council, Ben Weatherley, of the law firm, said: “The proposal seeks outline planning permission for residential development in the region of 185-200 dwellings to meet the needs of existing and future residents of Breckland.”

The plan exceeds the thresholds of 150 homes and five hectares of land under which a formal environmental assessment is not needed.

But Mr Weatherley argued the scheme would not have a major environmental impact because of its close proximity to the existing built-up area.

He also suggested the site is not in an environmentally sensitive area and the development would not affect many residents.