Plans for over 500 new homes in Swaffham backed

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More than 500 new homes are set to be built in Swaffham after three major proposals were approved by councillors yesterday.

Applications for three major schemes for sites in the town were backed by Breckland Council’s planning committee when they met in Dereham on Monday.

The permitted schemes include an outline plan for 165 homes on land to the north of Norwich Road, submitted by Manor Oak Homes.

The application had been deferred last month because of concerns over drainage issues in the area.

But planners said they were satisfied that any issues relating to the condition of the ground, and any contamination found on it, could be addressed through planning conditions.

A separate scheme, allowing for 185 homes on a second site on Norwich Road was also approved by the committee, together with the latest phase of the Abel Homes scheme to the west of Watton Road, where a maximum of 175 homes are envisaged.

Although no objections were lodged to the Abel scheme, town councillors did voice concerns about both the Norwich Road schemes.

They argued that both proposals were economically unsustainable and would damage the town’s character.

But planners said there were no reasons that justified refusing consent for either scheme.