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Plan submitted for 82 new homes in Swaffham

An impression of the proposed Abel Homes development in Watton, which the firm says reflects its plans for the Swan's Nest site in Swaffham

An impression of the proposed Abel Homes development in Watton, which the firm says reflects its plans for the Swan's Nest site in Swaffham

Developers have submitted detailed proposals for the initial phase of a major new housing scheme on the edge of Swaffham.

Outline planning consent has already been granted for 250 homes on the Swan’s Nest site, off Brandon Road.

Now, Abel Homes has applied for permission to build the first 82 properties on the site, which they say will boost the local economy and help to meet the town’s housing needs.

But concerns have been raised about the potential impact of housebuilding on town services.

The developer maintains that the principle of using the land for housing was already established when Breckland Council gave outline permission for the site in the autumn of 2012.

In a report submitted as part of the new application, agents Lucas Hickman Smith said: “New development plays an important role in the social fabric of a town and its surrounding area.

“The scheme will provide both open market and much needed affordable housing for the area.”

Around a quarter of the homes in the development will be affordable housing.

But one letter of objection has already been submitted by a neighbouring resident, who claimed the new development would be “basically in my back garden.”

She added: “We already have new houses being built at the back of us which will add to the traffic through town, the jobs, schools, doctors will all be so much more busy.”

The site is also close to the Breckland Forest site of special scientific interest, although Natural England officials say they are satisfied the development would not affect the area.

 

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