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Sculthorpe homes inquiry begins this month

Villagers turned out in force to protest about proposed new housing in Sculthorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

Villagers turned out in force to protest about proposed new housing in Sculthorpe. Picture: Ian Burt

A public inquiry into controversial plans to build 200 homes in the middle of a village starts this month.

People in Sculthorpe, near Fakenham, claim Amstel Group Corporation’s proposals would change the face of their rural community. North Norfolk council agreed and turned them down early last year. Amstel’s agents Indigo appealed. Now a date of Tuesday, April 25 has been set for the start of the inquiry.

The hearing, scheduled to last six days, will be held at North Norfolk Council’s offices in Cromer. Members of the public can attend the inquiry and, if the inspector allows, express their views.

Indigo claims the council’s planning policies are “out of date” and it can provide evidence of the “pressing need for housing” in the Fakenham area.

But work is expected to begin this year on more than 800 homes on land north of the town which has already been earmarked for development.

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