Heacham housing plan thrown out

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Plans to build 130 homes and a care home in Heacham have been thrown out for a second time.

Broadland Housing Association and Townsfolk Ltd have decided to appeal against West Norfolk Council’s planning committee’s unanimous decision to refuse a bid to build 70 homes, 60 sheltered housing units and a care home in land off School Road.

Speaking after yesterday’s vote, Heacham Parish Council chairman Peter Colvin said: “I am very pleased but we can’t just expect the developer to go away. I expect them to appeal or even amend their plans and come back again. But for the time being we are very happy.”

Mr Colvin was joined by resident Daniel Parton along with borough councillors Colin Manning, Stephanie Smeaton and Michael Chenery in raising concerns about the traffic and the impact on the village.

During the debate Zipha Christopher said the area had “tremendous amount of wildlife, fascinating ecology and extraordinary archaeology”. She added: “They say they are going to provide more family housing. A lot of children walking across that road with the extra traffic to me seems barmy.”

Speaking after the meeting Andrew Savage, Broadland’s executive director said he was extremely disappointed.

He said: “This is the second application we have put in for this development, and having acknowledged that the size and scale of the first application needed reviewing we put in what we believe was an appropriate alternative that would benefit the local community and bring much need housing and services to the village.

“We will be reviewing the objections raised and it is our intention to appeal the decision.”