A parish council has expressed its alarm after highways officials made no objection to a housing development villagers fear will cause traffic chaos.
Heacham Parish Council believes Norfolk County Council (NCC) highways failed to get an accurate idea of what traffic was really like before supporting the controversial plans by Broadland Housing.
The developer wants to build 70 homes and a new care home on land between Lynn Road and School Road, having had its original plan, including 200 homes, rejected by West Norfolk Council in September.
In a letter from the parish council’s planning committee to the borough council’s chief planning officer David Parkin, parish clerk Philippa Sewell said: “The committee rejects the statements made by the NCC highways authority... as they are based on the limited data and appraisal supplied solely by the developer through the developer’s own consultant.
“Furthermore, the committee is both astonished and alarmed that no strategic view is taken about highway matters in such planning applications.”
It is normal practice for highways to accept data gathered by professional consultants unless there is evidence to say it is incorrect.
However, parish councillor Daniel Parton said: “A four-and-a-half hour traffic count on one morning isn’t enough to give you an idea of traffic in a week, let alone all year round. It is a nightmare. There is poor visibility as you are trying to pull out and there are cars parked along the road.”