Plan for 165 new homes submitted

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Plans for 165 new homes on the outskirts of Swaffham have been submitted to planners.

Developers Manor Oak Homes are seeking outline permission to develop a site on Norwich Road for a residential development, which will also include a play area.

A report submitted to Breckland district council as part of the application said: “The application proposals present an opportunity to make an important contribution towards addressing the shortfall in housing supply in a sustainable location in a manner that offers a number of material benefits.”

However, residents of the nearby Longfields estate have already voiced objections to the proposal.

One letter by Charles and Brenda Bowler, which was published on the authority’s website this week, claimed that existing flooding and sewage problems in the area would be made worse if the development was allowed.

It continued: “It is not progress to saturate our beautiful land with housing without the appropriate infrastructure.

“It will alter the balance of the town which will be irreversibly spoilt.

“I strongly object to the proposed development encroaching and changing the area I live in.”

Another resident, Kevin Gotterson, added: “This land has been used as good quality farmland for years and we have enjoyed the peace and tranquility of having open spaces near our estate.

“If this goes ahead,then we would lose our privacy and quality of life forever.”

The application comes just a few weeks after council officials were asked for their opinion of the likely environmental impact of development in the area.

The plan exceeds the thresholds of 150 homes and five hectares of land under which a formal environmental assessment is not needed.

But a letter to the authority last month argued that development of the area would not have a major environmental impact, because of its close proximity to the existing built-up area.