West Winch residents urged to oppose homes bid

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A public meeting will be held in a West Norfolk village this weekend in order to raise public awareness of a controversial planning proposal for the area.

Consultations are continuing over the borough council’s site allocations for future housing development, following an inquiry by a government planning inspector.

But community leaders in West Winch are unhappy that an area of land off Gravel Hill Lane, has been reinstated in the authority’s plans.

And a public meeting will take place at the village hall this Saturday, May 7, between 1.30 and 4.30pm on the issue.

The meeting has been called ahead of the May 18 deadline for public comments on the proposals.

Local county councillor Alexandra Kemp said: “Every West Winch resident should make their opinion known.”

Although development has been proposed for several years, the site was removed from future plans in 2013, following opposition from residents and one of the village’s then borough councillors.

But the land was reinstated in the framework last autumn following a re-assessment by council planners.

The review took place after the landowners, Zurich Assurance Ltd, claimed the site was vital for the provision of new infrastructure.

They also argued that its removal placed the entire viability of the project at risk.