TERRINGTON ST CLEMENT: Eyesore warning as plan is backed
Up to 41 homes could be built on the site of a former plant nursery in Terrington St Clement after the plan was backed by councillors.
Members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee unanimously supported an application for outline permission for redevelopment of the land south of The Saltings when they met in Lynn on Monday.
However, the approval is subject to affordable housing requirements being met.
And planning officials had previously recommended that the application is turned down if no legal agreements can be reached.
The area was occupied until the 1990s by Hillside Nurseries.
Committee members heard the business now operates in Sutton Road and the owners want to release the capital resources locked into the original site.
An indicative layout for the development suggested a mixture of two and three bedroom bungalows and two, three and four bedroom houses with vehicle access from The Saltings.
The scheme is supported by the village’s parish council, although its members have argued that the proposed development is too intense for the area.
They have also called for a footpath to be built along Chapel Road from The Saltings to cater for the increase in pedestrians and vehicles from the site.
A report to the planning committee said a full-length footway could not be accommodated in the space available.
However, improvement works to help pedestrians were proposed at the junction of Chapel Road, Hillgate Street and Wesley Road.
But 10 letters submitted to the borough council opposing the plan cited a range of objections including drainage problems, narrow roads, loss of privacy, high density development and the strain on local infrastructure and amenities.
Officers’ report to the committee also stated that part of the site had been the subject of previous planning refusals, while a similar scheme to the current proposal had also been turned down last year.
But, one letter of support for the scheme asked: “What is the alternative?
“Leave the site to get vandalised and become another eyesore? Bring the site back into use as a commercial enterprise? Things change and have to move forward.”
Planning officers described the plans as being of a “very low density” and said the site was capable of accommodating the number of homes proposed.
Committee members also heard the sale of the site would release funds to invest in the Sutton Road nursery.
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