Extension sought over Castle Acre housing application deal

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Developers could be given more time to conclude legal agreements enabling a new housing scheme in Castle Acre to proceed.

Councillors backed plans for 15 homes on Massingham Road in January.

But they will be asked to consider granting an extension to the time limit set for completing agreements on affordable housing and drainage issues.

Officials have recommended a two-month extension, despite the applicants, the Holkham Estate and Grange Developments, only seeking a further month.

A statement in officers’ report ahead of a planning meeting next Monday, said: “The applicants, together with their legal representatives have been working with the council and its legal representative to prepare a draft agreement.

“The timescales for this and the consideration of draft versions by all parties has become somewhat protracted for a number of reasons including multiple legal ownerships and the requirement to seek a grant of probate following the death of the 7th Earl of Leicester, which did not materialise until May 2016.

“The applicants both continue to be committed to the development at the site.”