Gayton housing decisions deferred after warning village ‘could grow by up to a third’

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A village could grow by a third if all the planning applications proposed for it are given the go-ahead, community leaders have warned.

West Norfolk councillors will visit the sites of three proposed housing schemes in Gayton later this week after its planning committee voted to defer a decision today.

If approved, a total of 93 new homes would be built across the three sites.

But parish council chairman Bob King told the meeting the village would have to accommodate almost 200 new properties, around a third of the number already there, if all the current and pending schemes are developed.

He said his authority had not objected to the specific proposals for the Allens garage site on Lynn Road, an area of land at Manor Farm on Back Street and land at the rear of the former Rampant Horse pub, because they could not show they would cause significant and demonstrable harm, as required under planning guidelines, on their own.

But he said many villagers felt they were being asked to take a disproportionate share of the development required to create an adequate supply of housing land in the borough.

He asked: “How can that be fair and justified? It will be a horror story if it all goes through.”