Homes plan for old Snettisham hospice site backed

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Plans to build new homes on the former site of the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House in Snettisham were approved by councillors yesterday.

Concerns have been raised over the potential impact of development on the Common Road site on drainage systems.

But the West Norfolk Council planning committee has backed the proposal, subject to the completion of legal agreements relating to the provision of two affordable housing units.

Developers Common Road Limited want to build 11 chalet-type properties on the land, which is vacant following the hospice’s move to a new facility at Hillington.

No objections have been made, though parish councillors are concerned over the impact of additional drainage into a dyke opposite the site.

Committee member Avril Wright, who represents the Snettisham ward, said the area had suffered drainage problems for many years and warned of a “very serious problem” in the future.

But Priory ward member Jim Moriarty said those concerns were not reflected in comments made.

West Winch representative Paul Foster also questioned the inclusion of the affordable housing units on a site remote from the centre of the village and on the other side of the main A149.

He said he supported the provision of affordable housing, but argued it should be in “sensible, sustainable locations.”