Plan lodged to build 175 new homes in Swaffham

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Plans for up to 175 new homes in the second stage of a major housing development for Swaffham have been submitted to council officials.

Building work is already underway on the first 82 homes to be built in the Swans Nest project on land between Brandon Road and Watton Road.

But the developer, Abel Homes has now submitted an outline application to Breckland Council for up to 175 homes in what it is terming phase B of the project.

Documents submitted as part of the application said: “Phase B continues the themes set out within Phase A and will continue to deliver a sustainable scheme, creating a high quality place of an appropriate density and scale.”

The application comes as a public consultation exercise continues on Breckland Council’s vision for future development in communities like Swaffham over the next two decades.

The authority has estimated that around 900 new homes will be needed in the town over that period, although it says most of those have either been built or already have planning permission.

But some residents have already voiced their fears about the impact of current and future development on the town’s infrastructure.

Traffic flows, particularly on the A1065 which runs through the town centre, and flood risks are among the most common concerns.

The consultation ends next Monday, February 22. To have your say, visit