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‘Locals-only’ housing estate in Burnham Market approved by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee





A ‘locals-only’ housing estate is set to be built in an upmarket second home hotspot known as Chelsea-on-Sea.

Councillors have approved the plans to build 12 new properties on a parcel of land in the village of Burnham Market.

The decision, made at West Norfolk Council’s planning committee meeting yesterday, came just weeks after villagers voted for curbs on holiday lets and lock-and-leaves in the area.

The highlighted area shows the area where the new homes will be built in Burnham Market. Picture: Google Maps
The highlighted area shows the area where the new homes will be built in Burnham Market. Picture: Google Maps

In a referendum, they ruled that a neighbourhood plan should stipulate new properties be principal residences.

Jack Armstrong of the Holkham Estate – which is behind the new scheme – said it would be a “high-quality development” which reflects the character of the area and that it had been tailored to meet local needs.

He added: “As an employer of local people in the area, Holkham Estate is keenly aware of the challenges faced by people finding affordable homes.”

The scheme will create two affordable homes, two properties which will be rented out by Holkham Estate to locals, and eight small family dwellings which will be available on the open market.

Anyone wishing to buy one of the properties will have to prove it will be their principle residence under the new rules.

The properties will be built on land between Creake Road and Beacon Hill Road, south of the allotments.

The planning application attracted 14 objections on grounds including the loss of hedgerows, while there are some fears it could result in the ‘overlooking’ of existing homes.

One person expressed doubts that local people will even be able to afford them.

As Burnham Market is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there was some concern that it could have an impact on the countryside surroundings.

However, since the development is located between existing homes, it was deemed that it would do little to harm the conservation area.



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