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Inconsistency claim made over West Winch planning applications




Community leaders in a village near Lynn have hit out at what they claim is the inconsistent approach of county transport officials to development schemes in their area.

The criticism comes after officials backed plans for two new bungalows next to the Esso garage on the A10 in West Winch, ahead of a planning committee meeting next month.

West Norfolk Council planners have recommended the scheme is approved, despite Norfolk County Council officers conceding the proposal is "far from ideal."

Issues about the safety for vehicles accessing the A10 in West Winch are being viewed inconsistently in the planning process, parish councillors say.
Issues about the safety for vehicles accessing the A10 in West Winch are being viewed inconsistently in the planning process, parish councillors say.

But West Winch's parish council has opposed the scheme, arguing that many of the issues there have been seen in other schemes along the A10 too.

They said: "As we have noted in regard to other nearby applications, both BCKLWN and NCC appear to have been inconsistent in deciding what development is and isn’t acceptable along this section of road.

"We feel more clarity is required for applicants.

"If other developments along the A10 are being refused on the grounds of unsafe access – then this access must surely be considered unsafe, located as it is close to the petrol station access and also a bus stop.

"Sight lines up and down the A10 are limited and there is a steep ramp up to the edge of the highway. These are all issues previously noted in nearby refusals."

The site of the application, submitted by the Motor Fuel Group, is a derelict commercial repair garage which was previously operated in association with the existing petrol station.

County council officers pointed out there is an existing access point to the site, adding: "In our view an approval of the application and in particular utilising a narrow private drive is far from ideal.

"However, on balance of the factors set out above, I believe that it would be difficult to substantiate an objection to this application on highway grounds and I therefore recommend a condition is attached."

The application is due to be considered during a virtual meeting of West Norfolk Council's planning committee on Monday, February 8.



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