Plans for a major housing development on the edge of a West Norfolk village should be rejected when they go before borough councillors on Monday, officials have said.
A report has revealed that almost 700 letters of objection to the scheme for land off the A149 at Heacham were sent to the West Norfolk Council.
And members of its planning committee, who will consider the issue at a meeting in Lynn on Monday, have been advised to reject the scheme.
As previously reported, Townsfolk and the Broadland Housing Association want to build 200 homes, a care home, additional housing with care facilities, a pub and other community facilities on a 54 acre site.
The applicants, who suggest the development would take place over a 10 to 15 year period if approved, argue there is a clear need for residential care places in the area, which can only be supported by the additional housing.
But planning officers said the provision of the extra homes was “clearly contrary” to policy guidelines.
The report reveals that 441 letters of objection were submitted to the original plan, which envisaged 355 houses on the land, with a further 252 submitted after the scheme was scaled down, compared with just two letters of support.
Opponents also include North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, ward councillors Colin Manning and Stephanie Smeaton, plus the village’s parish council.
And county highways officials have also objected, raising concerns about public transport provision and the impact of a proposed junction from the A149 to the site on the main route between Lynn and Hunstanton.