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New housing plans lodged for old Clenchwarton sports ground site

By Lynn News Reporter

Former Fosters S&SC site at Clenchwarton. (3507966)
Former Fosters S&SC site at Clenchwarton. (3507966)

New plans for dozens of new homes on the site of an old village sports ground have been submitted to council officials.

Developers won a long-running legal battle with West Norfolk Council to build 40 properties on the old Fosters Sports Ground in Clenchwarton three years ago.

But a bid to build another 40 on the land was later turned down by the authority, amid concerns over flood risks in the area.

Now, Elm Park Holdings has submitted a fresh application to develop the remainder of the land.

If approved, the new outline scheme would allow for 28 private homes and eight affordable ones, plus four extra plots for self-build properties.

Documents submitted as part of the application say the site is suitable for development because of the village's "significant assets", including its school, shop and pub.

They continued: "The site does not aim to replicate or compete with successful existing facilities.

"The development proposed seeks to support and encourage local travel between the existing village and the site by sustainable means so that both existing and potential new residents can enjoy all that Clenchwarton has to offer, and in doing so minimise the effects of the new development on traffic, noise and other impacts."

But some residents have already expressed concerns about the new scheme.

They say the issues which led to the last application being turned down have not changed and facilities like the school would not be able to accommodate new pupils.

The new proposal comes more than two years after the last set of plans for the site were submitted.

Although Elm Park did appeal against the council's decision to refuse its bid for 40 homes on top of those already approved, the challenge was subsequently withdrawn along with another application for a further phase of development, proposing nine homes.

Officials have indicated a decision on the latest scheme could be made this autumn.

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