Flood risk fears over plan for new homes in Southery

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A proposal to build three new homes in Southery has been opposed by planners because of flood risk concerns.

Developers are seeking outline permission to develop a site at 8 Church Lane, following the demolition of an existing building and agricultural shed.

But members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee, who will debate the application at a meeting on Monday, have been urged to reject it.

A report to the committee said the site failed flood risk management tests, adding: “Whilst there is a shortfall in housing land supply, it is considered that the flood risk issue takes precedence and accordingly officers recommend refusal.”

County roads officials and parish councillors have also objected to the plan, arguing that the proposed road access to the site is inadequate.

But the applicants, P Osler and J Kerby, maintain the widened access they propose for the site is adequate, while Church Lane itself would only serve 18 properties even if the application is approved.

Planning officers added: “It is considered that there is not a highway safety issue which is severe in nature but more of an inconvenience.”