South Wootton housing scheme given go ahead

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Plans to build 26 new homes in South Wootton have been given the green light by West Norfolk Council.

Planning committee members approved the application for homes at Nursery Lane, which also includes a new area of public open space and a visitors’ car park.

The committee was told that 21 of the homes will be general market houses, and five will be affordable units, which includes a mixture of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties.

The chairman of South Wootton Parish Council, David Price, said: “The council kept residents informed throughout the process and at the public exhibition.

“The effect on traffic should be relatively minor, with a relatively small impact on amenities as well. Therefore the parish council supports this application.”

Mr Price said that the developers have agreed to gift the two thirds of the land which is not being built on to the parish in perpetuity for £1.

Applicant Christopher Smith said the plans would “link in and complement” neighbouring Wootton Park, and said: “These are much-needed homes in a sustainable location.”

Some committee members shared some concerns that design plans for the affordable housing looked too different to that of the general market houses.

Adrian Lawrence said: “I’m glad to hear a lot of people are supporting this but the affordable housing design does not look the same as everything else. It sticks out like a sore thumb.

“I’m a little disappointed in that.”

The council’s assistant director of environment and planning Stuart Ashworth said that the designs met the terms of housing policy and said: “We think it integrates acceptably.”

But Avril Wright said: “Looking at the affordable housing and then the normal ones, what sticks out straight away is the chimneys.

“The affordable housing doesn’t have any. Could we do a little more just to make it look more attractive.”

The committee voted to include a condition in their approval that the affordable houses should have chimneys on them.

Carol Bower said: “I would like to say that I love the way this neighbourhood plan has appeared to work. I would like to applaud it.”

The application was approved unanimously.