Council-proposed homes plan for Bircham Newton blocked by its own committee

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A West Norfolk Council plan to build 18 new homes in Bircham Newton was blocked by its own planning committee today.

The authority had been seeking to develop land close to the Monks Close estate.

But committee members voted to reject the scheme this morning, arguing it was unsustainable, primarily because of a lack of public transport connections.

One of them, Chris Crofts, said the plan was the weakest to go before the committee since the borough was deemed not to have an adequate supply of housing land last year.

And Elizabeth Watson highlighted the case of an existing resident who could not pursue training to become a plumber because of a lack of transport.

But Geoffrey Wareham said: “Infrastructure will follow development. You’re never going to see adequate infrastructure on any development because that’s the way life is.”

However, ward councillor Andrew Morrison said: “There’s lots of development that has already taken place in that area.

“They would like to see the infrastructure to follow but it hasn’t arrived yet.”