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Special meeting called on major Downham housing scheme




A special town council meeting will take place in Downham next week to examine proposals for up to 300 new homes there.

Detailed plans have now been submitted for the development of land between the southern bypass, Nightingale Lane and Denver Hill – nearly three years after outline approval was granted.

And the latest application is on the agenda for an extraordinary town council meeting, which has been called for next Tuesday, February 16, at 7pm. The meeting will be held on Zoom.

Plans for hundreds of new homes near Downham's southern bypass will be examined next week.
Plans for hundreds of new homes near Downham's southern bypass will be examined next week.

Although developers had previously secured permission for 170 homes on the land, a bid to increase that to 300 was rejected by West Norfolk Council in April 2017.

Members raised concerns over traffic and argued that the development would be out of character with the area.

But that decision was thrown out the following year when a government inspector ruled there was “no reason” why the scheme should affect the appearance of the area.

The latest application to the borough council has been put forward by Prosperity Homes Broadoaks Limited & Koto Limited.

Documents submitted on their behalf said the scheme “would form a positive contribution to the character of the area whilst supplying vital affordable and market housing to Downham Market.”



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