Development of more than 300 homes one report from full approval
PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 03 November 2018
Copyright: Archant 2018
Plans for more than 300 homes on the edge of Attleborough look set to get the go ahead.
The 327-home development north of Norwich Road includes space for sports pitches, additional school playing fields, along with cemetery and allotment extensions.
Breckland Council’s planning committee passed the Avant Homes application pening a final report Norfolk County Council’s highways officers.
Located on nearly 60 acres of pasture and grazing land, the homes will be around 20 minutes walk from the town centre. Just 20pc of the homes are described as ‘affordable’ in the planning documents.
The scheme was turned down by Breckland in March 2015 because some western parts of the site are on a flood plain.
Attleborough councillor Tristan Ashby said: “While I fully appreciate the developer claims to have evidence to mitigate any flooding issues, I have to question this, Norwich Road need only experience an average amount of rain in any given period before the road has significant surface water that simply doesn’t drain off.”
A flood risk assessment in January 2018 saw flood risk officer Lucy Perry object due to lack of information provided by the developers, but has since received ‘sufficient information’ to remove the objection.
The town council also questioned the density of the housing, increased traffic, and a lack of space for a green corridor on the main route into Attleborough.
It said the new housing will not comply with the Neighbourhood Plan’s core objectives, including footpaths and cycle ways. and providing housing to meet needs for all.
But the planning report on October 29 concluded that comments from consultees and third parties had been ‘given due weight’ and that the development’s general principles had been settled after an appeal.
An Avant spokesperson said: “We are very pleased that our planning proposal has been approved for this development and hope to commence construction works in due course.”