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Heacham planning application thrown out for second time

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A housing association is going to appeal against planners decision to throw out a 130 home development in Heacham for a second time.

Broadland Housing and Townfolk Ltd wanted to build 70 homes, 60 sheltered housing units along with a care home on land off School Road in Heacham.

West Norfolk Council’s planning committee unanimously refused the application, which is the second and scaled down version of the plans, at a meeting earlier today (Monday, February 3).

The decision was welcomed by Heacham Parish Council chairman Peter Colvin.

He 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.”

Resident Daniel Parton told the meeting that the village was expecting a 100 per cent increase in traffic on an already busy road.

He said the application had previously stated that 30 jobs were being created at the development, which has now risen to 70 but the traffic assessment had not included this.

The committee were also urged by borough councillors Colin Manning, Stephanie Smeaton and Michael Chenery to throw out the application.

Mrs Smeaton said: “We want quality development in Heacham not substandard.”

During the debate Zipha Christopher said the area had “tremendous amount of wildlife, fascinating ecology and extraordinary archaeology”.

She said: “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 balmy.”

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.”

 

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