Clenchwarton homes plan is ‘overbearing’

General view of land near 5 Black Horse Road, Clenchwarton ANL-160404-124953009
General view of land near 5 Black Horse Road, Clenchwarton ANL-160404-124953009
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Plans for dozens of new homes in a West Norfolk village have been turned down after the scheme was deemed excessive for the area.

Members of the borough council’s planning committee voted 10 to two to reject the proposals for land west of Black Horse Road, Clenchwarton at a meeting yesterday,

The decision was welcomed afterwards by county councillor Alexandra Kemp, who described it as a “victory for common sense.”

Planning officials had recommended approval of the plan, which would have allowed for 45 new homes to be built on the land.

But objectors had raised concerns over road safety, drainage and the potential impact on wildlife in the area.

And, while traffic concerns remained following a visit to the site, committee members subsequently concluded the number of properties proposed was excessive for the 1.8 hectare plot.

One of them, Chris Crofts, said he would not object to some development in the area, such as a small cul-de-sac.

However, on this proposal, he added: “It’s too many for me.”

The comment was echoed by Carol Bower, while Avril Wright said: “I do feel that 45 is overbearing and it’s going to cause a huge problem.”