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Freebridge Community Housing plans dozens of new homes in Watlington

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A Lynn-based social housing provider has submitted plans to build dozens of new homes in a nearby village.

Freebridge Community Housing is seeking permission for 40 new properties, most of which would be classed as affordable, on land off Thieves Bridge Road in Watlington.

But a number of residents have already voiced objections to the plan, which some fear will make existing problems worse.

The Freebridge Community Housing offices in King's Lynn.. (52965574)
The Freebridge Community Housing offices in King's Lynn.. (52965574)

The site has previously been included in West Norfolk Council's land allocations for future housing development, for a minimum of 32 properties.

Papers submitted as part of the new application to West Norfolk Council say Freebridge will buy the land from the current landowner if permission is granted.

One report said: "The proposed development would provide the clear benefit of creating new affordable housing, available for local people."

Watlington village - the village sign.. (54341190)
Watlington village - the village sign.. (54341190)

Just three of the proposed homes would be offered on the open market, with the rest being made available for either affordable rent or shared ownership models respectively.

The submission of the new application follows a public engagement event held in the village last September.

Freebridge says there has also been regular contact with the village's parish council about the scheme.

But eight members of the public have already submitted objections via the borough council's planning website.

One argued the site was "not suitable nor is it safe", while another said: "The village cannot sustain any further development."

Others have raised specific concerns about the impact on road links and services such as the village school and medical practice.

The period for public comments continues until February 1. A decision on the application is currently expected by early April.

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