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Officials back revised Swaffham housing plan ahead of committee meeting

Planning (2813636)
Planning (2813636)

Plans for 97 homes on the Swans Nest Site off Brandon Road in Swaffham are set for approval after the developer addressed flooding concerns.

Abel Homes Ltd originally wanted to build 98 homes on the site but after flooding concerns were raised they have reduced the number to 97 to allow for flood water storage meaning the local flood authority has removed its objections.

A report to Monday’s Breckland Council’s planning meeting, is recommending approval subject to a raft of conditions.

The report also explains changes to the section 106 agreement - the amount the developer has to pay for infra-structure including education -has changed.

It explains the amount needed for education purposes has been reduced and so the £256,168 that was originally set aside for this has now “through a process of negotation” been reassigned.

It will now be used to provide an off-site contribution towards affordable housing. But the amount of affordable housing included in the development of 27 per cent (26 homes) remains unchanged, that means the overall percentage of affordable homes contribution will be 33 per cent.

Abel Homes must also pay £14,700 towards public transport and £35,489 towards healthcare, essentially GP surgeries.

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