Decision due on Heacham’s 130-home plan

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Plans to build 130 homes and a care home in a West Norfolk village have again been recommended for refusal by officers.

Broadlands Housing Association wants to build 70 homes, 60 sheltered housing units along with the care home and allotments on land off Station Road, Heacham.

The development will go before West Norfolk Council’s planning committee on Monday when refusal is recommended.

The committee had thrown out an earlier application for 260 homes, a nursing home and business units during a meeting in September.

Heacham Parish Council chairman Peter Colvin has welcomed the refusal recommendation.

He said: “We are very pleased that the planning officers have recommended refusal but that doesn’t mean it is a foregone conclusion.

“The parish council will continue to object to the application with vigour in accordance with the wishes of a number of parishoners who have taken the time to contact us.”

The housing association wants to build 70 homes, which include two-, three- and four-bedroom properties. A total of 60 housing-with-care units are proposed along with a 60-bedroom care home.

Allotments and sustainable urban drainage pond are also included in the application.

A planning report recommends refusal on the grounds that the development is an incursion into open countryside and would prejudice future sustainable projects.

It says: “The proposed scheme does include the provision of residential care spaces. The need for this type of housing with care element is not disputed. Indeed, it is specifically recognised in the detailed policies and sites plan with the intention to allocate land for this purpose in Hunstanton.

“However, there is still a balance that must be struck between an acknowledged need for housing with care, the ability of this site to help meet that need and the harm caused by the other elements of the proposal.”