Plan for new homes in West Norfolk village to go ahead

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A planning application to build up to 32 new houses in Stoke Ferry has been approved for the second time, after a change in circumstances meant it was returned to planning committee for debate.

In March, West Norfolk Council’s Planning Committee granted permission for the new homes to be built on land south of Lark Road, but councillors were asked to reconsider an extension of time to allow further information to be received.

Since the permission had been granted, planning officers had become aware that the applicant did not have control of the entire application site, although the committee was told that the transfer of the land to the applicant was in progress.

Agent Gordon Smith, who represented the applicant, said it had been the applicant’s firm belief that he owned the whole of the land, and he had been taking care of it for 24 years.

Parish councillor Judith Lawson objected to the plans, and said that the development was “not wanted, not needed and does not enchance the village’s character”.

The committee voted in favour of extending the deadline to ensure the site is ‘policy compliant’ by reducing the scale of the project, and to receive details of an agreement.