Flats plan for Downham garage site wins council support

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Developers will be asked to pay more than £70,000 towards education and library provision in order to secure planning consent for 15 new homes on a site in Downham.

Members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee yesterday voted unanimously to grant permission for the development at the Jim Russell Garage site in London Road, subject to the completion of legal agreements within three months.

However, permission is to be refused if the agreements are not completed within that period.

Permission had been granted for 23 flats and eight chalet bungalows to be built on the land in June.

But the meeting was told that the site’s new owners, S and N Developments, wanted to reduce the number of apartments to 15 in order to make the site more attractive to families. The bungalows have already been built.

Officers’ report to the committee said Norfolk County Council is currently in talks with the developer about financial contributions of £69,864 for education and £1,380 towards library provision.

Four residents submitted letters of objection to the latest proposals, but officials reported there would be no major harm to the area.