Pott Row homes plan approved by committee
Plans for a new housing development in a West Norfolk village have been given the go-ahead this week.
Members of the borough council’s planning committee voted 16 to two in favour of proposals for 18 homes at White House Farm, off Chapel Road in Pott Row, during a Zoom meeting on Monday.
The scheme had been given outline planning permission four years ago, at a time when the borough was not deemed to have adequate supplies of housing land.
But the Grimston parish council, which serves the village, had maintained its opposition because of the large homes that are proposed.
Parish clerk Phillippa Sewell told the committee meeting, which took place on Zoom and was broadcast on YouTube: “We believe it will be a cramped development. We do believe it will lead to parking issues.”
She said the parish authority was worried that a grassed area on the site would become an unofficial car park and called for firm commitments to be made on maintenance of the area.
But representatives of the applicants, A P & K A Skerry And EA & LM Chenery, said the parish council’s concerns would be addressed through planning conditions.
However, committee members voted unanimously to impose an additional condition on the development to preserve an existing hedgerow on the site and prevent developers from replacing it with a fence.
One resident, who submitted late correspondence ahead of the meeting, said: “The important existing hedgerow that runs alongside the public footpath along the south east boundary should be preserved.
“It is more than 30 years old and is part of the eco system, providing habitat for varying species of nesting birds, bats, hedgehogs and other wildlife.”