Hundreds of tyres have been removed from a former allotment site in Swaffham which town councillors want to develop for housing.
The authority has submitted outline proposals for 51 homes on the Days Field land in New Sporle Road.
And members backed the scheme at their meeting on Wednesday after it was explained that they could use special dispensation to look at it, despite the council being the applicant.
But, prior to that discussion, town clerk Richard Bishop revealed that council staff and contractors had cleared 294 tyres and other debris from the land.
He said that the vast majority of the tyres were already there, adding: “One allotment holder used to use them as a drum to grow things with them.”
However, he suggested the council’s rules should be reviewed to enable them to recover the cost of removing large items such as tyres from individual allotment holders in the future.
The Days Field site has not been used as allotments since 2008 and the authority says it is now surplus to their requirements.
The council has said that up to 10 per cent of the town’s other allotment plots are currently vacant and permission has already been obtained to end use of the field for allotments.
They also maintain that clear boundaries will be maintained in order to prevent the area becoming “urban sprawl.”