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Housing approved for West Norfolk village despite flooding fears

Plans to build 10 new houses in a West Norfolk village were approved by the borough council’s planning committee today.

The scheme for land on the corner of Hall Road and Wildfields Road in Clenchwarton was passed by 13 votes to one during a meeting at Lynn’s town hall.

There was also one abstention from the vote.

The area where housing has been approved. Picture: Google Maps
The area where housing has been approved. Picture: Google Maps

The agent for the application, James Burton, said there were no objections from Highways or the environment officers and it was supported by planning officers.

He also said the new houses would not impact on existing neighbours.

Independent councillor Alex Kemp raised concerns over flooding in light of the new houses, She referred to the ditch at Hall Road which has flooded in the past.

“There needs to be a proper system set up for taking responsibility,” she said.

“It’s a very unhappy situation for people living down the hill.

“The sensible decision would be to refuse or defer until some proper money is put in there.”

But a council planning officer said the houses would be “adequately protected” from a flooding perspective “.

She added that the new houses are a “sufficient distance from other properties in terms of overlooking”.

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