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Decision due on South Wootton housing proposal

Plans for more than 50 new homes on a site in South Wootton are due to be debated tomorrow.

Borough councillors have been advised to approve the scheme for land off Grimston Road when they meet virtually on Monday.

A report to the West Norfolk Council planning committee said the application by Clayland Estates Ltd was given outline approval three years ago.

Planning Applications (1887694)
Planning Applications (1887694)

The new application seeks detailed consent for the development of 54 homes, of which 21 would be classed as affordable.

The site, which is accessed between 144 and 150 Grimston Road, is part of the larger Knights Hill land allocation, but separate from the development of around 600 homes which was given the go-ahead following a public inquiry last year.

The report said the South Wootton parish council had indicated support for the Clayland scheme, but with a strict condition there would no through road between the two connections.

It says links between the two should be for walkers and cyclists only, with no vehicle access.

Around 30 members of the public have made representations to the borough council about the application, with many raising concerns.

One claimed the developer had failed to deliver on promises made to the village at an earlier parish meeting, while others warned that any link road to the neighbouring site would become a rat run.

In response, planning officers said it had been shown there was no need for a link road between the two developments.

Other issues raised included a claim that asbestos is buried on parts of the site and a suggestion that an area set aside for dog walking would become “unhygienic” because of fouling.

However, planners said evidence had been submitted to show that any asbestos which was present had been removed in an appropriate manner.

They also reported that the amount of open space proposed as part of the development exceeded minimum standards

And they rejected concerns that houses and flats proposed as part of the scheme may overlook existing properties.

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