Planners set to approve 100 homes in Gayton

The Rampant Horse Pub site at Gayton ANL-151022-110717009
The Rampant Horse Pub site at Gayton ANL-151022-110717009

Nearly 100 homes could be built in a West Norfolk village if planners give the green light next week.

West Norfolk Council’s planning committee has been recommended to approve three separate applications for Gayton at their meeting on Tuesday next week.

Freebridge Community Housing, ICH Builders and The Gayton Estate are hoping to develop land in the village.

The biggest development on the agenda is the 40 homes planned by the Gayton Estate on a 2.7ha site off Back Lane.

Most of the units will be houses but four bungalows are included.

The council has received 40 objections from villagers who have concerns about traffic, sewage and over-development.

The report states that a farm building behind Back Lane will be demolished to make way for access onto the site. No objections have been raised by highways officers.

Planners have been told that Anglian Water has advised that the network will have be increased but are not objecting to the application.

But the report states that the council’s green spaces officer has expressed concern about the location of the development’s open spaces.

The committee has been told that the on-site pond is not considered suitable for the great crested newt but there was potential for the widespread lizard population to be affected during construction. Bats were not thought to be living in the farm buildings.

A report to Tuesday’s planning meeting states: “In conclusion, the development is sustainable and approval would not cause significant and demonstrable harm.”

ICH Builders has applied to construct 29 homes, including six affordable units, on the Allens Garage site in Lynn Road.

Access will be provided by Lynn Road.

The report to the planning committee states: “The indicative layout demonstrates that this number of dwellings could likely fit within the site without having a detrimental impact in respect of form and character or neighbour amenity.”

Up to 24 homes could be constructed onto the Rampant Horse site and nearby paddocks if Freebridge get the go-ahead.

The majority of the homes will be semi-detached homes but there will be two detached houses and six terraced units.

Seven objections have been submitted by villagers who have raised issues with noise, loss of view and road safety.

The report states: “The site relates well to the existing built form in Gayton. Services in Gayton can be accessed from the site and the site is close to bus stops that would allow access to services in Lynn.

“The applicant has demonstrated that the number of units can be accommodated on site without material harm to the amenity of existing residents and that technical issues such as drainage can be addressed by condition.

“In conclusion, the development is sustainable and approval would not cause significant and demonstrable harm.”