Unsafe Clenchwarton housing scheme criticised

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Clenchwarton Village Sign ENGANL00120121114180700

Proposals for 10 new homes in Clenchwarton have been branded “unsafe” by village representatives.

Planning officials have recommended that the scheme for a site on Hall Road is approved by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee on Monday, subject to the completion of legal agreements.

But parish councillors have opposed the plan because of flood risk concerns.

They said: “The high flood risk attached to this former market gardening land with three large standing drainage tanks makes it an unsafe site for residential development.

“This has been recently been proved when two new dwellings built on adjacent land caused considerable distress to neighbouring properties who experienced a regular down flow of water from the site and damage to their homes.”

Their stance has been backed by MP Sir Henry Bellingham and local county councillor Alexandra Kemp.

But planning officers say the issues can be addressed through conditions or a legal agreement.

They also say the land is among the allocated sites for future housing development in the council’s current proposals.