Application for 51 new houses proposed by town council
Swaffham Town Council has made an outline planning application for 51 new houses for the Days Field site on New Sporle Road.
The application was received by Breckland Council on Thursday, April 25 for the site which is currently vacant.
It forms part of a Breckland Local Plan to deliver over 1,600 new homes in the town before 2036 from 2011.
Previously used for allotment purposes, the town council received a Section 8 permission to dispose of the surplus land.
An Access, Design and Planning Statement reads: "Policy DC4 sets out an an affordable housing provision to be delivered on site and the mix, size and type to reflect identified needs."
The application also forms part of a Breckland Local Plan for 15,300 new homes within the district by 2036.
It reads: "This document is at an advanced stage of examination with main modifications consulted on in early 2019.
"In respect of housing numbers the document identifies a need for 612 dwellings per annum on average over the period 2011-2036 to deliver a minimum of 15,300 new homes.
"To deliver these homes, submitted Policy HOU02 identifies Swaffham as a market town with a requirement to deliver at least 1,612 new homes between 2011-2036."
A policy conclusion within the statement says Days Field is situated outside the settlement boundary for Swaffham, but is directly adjacent to it.
The layout for 51 houses "responds to the physical, historic and social context of the site and local housing needs and aspirations", the statement continues.
The outline planning application, which is currently undecided, can be viewed on the Breckland Council website.
Former town mayor Colin Houghton previously said: “This is an exciting project for the town, which can leave a legacy in the form of capital monies received to invest back into the town in addition to eight houses, which can also bring substantial revenue income for many years to come.
“The main objective is to create a nice development of 51 properties on the council’s land, costing the council tax payer nothing, both now and in the future."