Warning over school site housing bid in Swaffham

Planning applications news.
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A proposed housing scheme on the grounds of a former village school near Swaffham would be an “over-development” of the site if they approved, community leaders have warned.

Outline plans for 10 homes on the site of the old Necton First School have been submitted to Breckland Council.

But parish councillors in the village voiced concerns about the scheme when they met on Monday evening.

Planning consent has already been granted for four homes on the land and comments from the parish council, which have been published on the district authority’s website, described the new scheme as an “over-development” of the site.

They continued: “This application seeks to double the number of dwellings on the site, thereby increasing the number of resident, visitor and other vehicle movements within an already identified congested area immediately opposite the village school.

“The school is now at capacity with 210 children and intentions to expand to meet the future needs of planned development through to 2036.”

Concerns were also raised about flood risk, the design and layout of the scheme, which was put forward by the Necton Church and School Estate Trust.

They say the current buildings have no development potential.

Several residents have already raised concerns about the scheme, although one public comment has welcomed the plan for a site he described as a “magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour”.