Developers lodge fresh appeal over Clenchwarton housing plan bid

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Proposals to build dozens of new homes on the site of a village’s former sports ground and social club are to be the subject of a new planning appeal, it has emerged.

Outline proposals for 40 properties on the former Fosters sports ground site in Clenchwarton were turned down by West Norfolk Council late last year.

But applicants Elm Park Holdings Limited, who own the site, yesterdayconfirmed that they were challenging the decision.

It will be the second time that a government planning inspector has been called to adjudicate on the firm’s plans for the land on Main Road, after a larger plan for 75 homes was turned down in the autumn of 2012.

And the current scheme is less than a third of the size of the original plan for 136 homes.

At the time the latest proposal was made public last summer, the developers said they had taken on board the concerns raised by the inspector about previous schemes.

A key problem was felt to be the “filling in” of open space between the Coronation Road and Main Road areas of the village, which was also raised by residents who voiced opposition to the current scheme.

However, West Norfolk Council officers refused planning permission for the project, which will include eight affordable homes if it is approved, last November.

The land was once home to a sports and social club which closed in 2004 after 25 years of operations.

At its peak, the facility, which incorporated a clubhouse, football and cricket pitches and an athletics track, was used by hundreds of people from across West Norfolk.

A formal public notice informing residents of the appeal process will be published later this week.