Former Grand Prix driver’s firm seeks green light for homes on former Snettisham hospice site

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Proposals for a new housing development at the former home of the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House will be debated by West Norfolk councillors next week.

A company, whose directors include former Grand Prix racing driver Martin Brundle, is seeking permission for 11 new chalet homes, plus two access points to them, on the site off Common Road, Snettisham.

Borough planning officers have recommended the plan is approved, as long as legal agreements relating to affordable housing provision are completed within three months.

But community leaders have raised concerns over drainage and street lighting around the site.

The hospice completed its move from its old home to a new £3.4 million, purpose-built facility at Hillington in September.

Outline permission for homes on the Snettisham site was first granted by West Norfolk Council in 2013.

That proposal allowed for two chalets, a terrace of three houses and four other detached homes.

However, the current application, submitted by Common Road Ltd, proposes 11 chalets, similar to those which already stand on the corner of Beach Road and Common Road West.

The applicant is a London-registered firm which was formally registered in May last year. Mr Brundle is its only named director.

Officials have recommended that members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee should approve the application at its meeting on Monday, subject to the completion of legal agreements relating to the provision of two affordable housing units within the development within three months.

If it is not completed, they recommend that the application is turned down.

However, officers’ report to the committee states that the applicant has submitted a proposed agreement as part of the application.

They say the design of the proposed homes is “appropriate” to the area and can be accommodated without harming the village’s character.

No objections to the scheme have been lodged, though Snettisham parish council says it is worried about the potential impact of additional waste water from the properties flowing into a dyke opposite the site, which it mostly owns.

The report highlights the authority’s fear that additional pressure will be placed on the waterway if the development is allowed to proceed.

It goes on: “ We would seek that if this is the case some settlement is made which would offset additional costs that may be incurred as a result.”

The parish council said it had also been approached by residents about the possibility of providing street lighting in the area and called for talks over the provision of a power supply for such lighting during any building work.

It added: “If this is done at the same time as the build, unnecessary extra work and expense could be avoided.”