Developers reveal plans for more housing on Clenchwarton sports ground

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Developers have revealed plans to build more homes on a village sports field which is already the subject of a legal battle.

Earlier this year, a government planning inspector granted outline permission for up to 40 homes on part of the old Fosters Sports Ground in Clenchwarton.

West Norfolk Council is seeking a judicial review of the ruling, which it claims could undermine its plans for future housing allocations.

But Elm Park Holdings has now revealed it wants to build a similar number of homes on the northern part of the site.

Leaflets setting out the company’s position have been distributed to residents in the area, who have until next Monday to share their views directly with the developer.

A planning application has yet to be submitted, though the company says it plans to seek outline permission, through which the principle of development can be approved.

The leaflet claims the latest plan will help to meet a requirement already identified by the council for thousands of new homes across the borough over the next decade.

It said: “To deliver these homes and maintain a rolling supply of short term housing land, new homes will need to be be provided in settlements like Clenchwarton. This site is being brought forward now to address this need.”

In January, the company’s plans to develop the southern part of the ground were approved by a government inspector, who ruled the council could not demonstrate it had a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites in the borough.

But the council is seeking a judicial review of that decision, which it claims was flawed and could pave the way for development on inappropriate sites across the area.

A document submitted as part of the council’s case to the High Court, which has been published on the authority’s website said the ruling also undermines the council’s strategy for development in the borough for the period up to 2026, which is currently being developed.

It said: “The result of this decision is that a healthy housing land supply, validated just 14 months previously by another inspector, has been destroyed. The lack of consistency will harm confidence in the planning system.”

Comments on the new proposal can be emailed to leeds.pegasus@pegasuspg.co.uk, using the subject line Clenchwarton Consultation.