Housing plan unveiled for old Swaffham allotment site

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Dozens of new homes could be built on an old allotment site in Swaffham under proposals put forward by the town council.

The authority is seeking outline planning permission for 51 properties on the Days Field site on New Sporle Road.

In documents submitted as part of the application, the town council says the land has not been used for allotments since 2008 and the town’s other sites are operating at around 90 to 95 per cent of their capacity.

Permission has already been obtained to end use of the Days Field land as allotments.

And the council argues that, although the site is just outside the town boundary, the homes proposed are needed in order to maintain the supply of development land in the district.

Breckland Council is currently developing a local plan to govern development across the area for the next 20 years.

And the town council said: “Evidence informing the emerging Local Plan indicates an on-going requirement for further housing in sustainable locations such as Swaffham to meet the district’s objectively assessed housing need.”

If approved, the plan would allow for eight one bedroom flats, nine two bedroom homes, 13 three-bed and 21 four-bed properties to be developed.

And the town council insists that hedges and trees surrounding the site will be emphasised as clear boundaries so the development does not become part of a “formless suburban sprawl”.

Although the application was first submitted to Breckland Council in December, it has only now been made public after being validated by district authority officers.