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Proposals could mean village gets 75 new homes

PUBLISHED: 08:46 10 October 2019

The site off North Pickenham Lane in Necton, where 75 homes have been proposed. Picture: Google Maps

The site off North Pickenham Lane in Necton, where 75 homes have been proposed. Picture: Google Maps

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A mid Norfolk village is in line for 75 new homes if proposals to begin development on farmland are approved.

Partner Construction Ltd has submitted a joint application with Flagship Homes, seeking to build 75 properties off North Pickenham Road in Necton.

The development would be split across two phases and the first, consisting of 46 properties, was given outline planning permission by Breckland Council's planning committee last year.

An application for the approval of finer details including appearance and landscaping has now been lodged, as the developers look to provide a mixture of flats, houses and bungalows on the 1.89-hectare site.

For work to be carried out, a derelict farmhouse, bungalow and agricultural buildings would need to be demolished, while a community park and 82 associated parking spaces have also been proposed.

The second phase, a newly-submitted full application to build 29 properties, would provide two bungalows and a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom houses.

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This section of the development - on 1.12 hectares of vacant land - would provide residents with a total of 57 parking spaces.

In documents submitted to Breckland Council, architects BM3 says the overall application "makes appropriate services provision and will not increase the risk of flooding in the area."

They highlight that there will be "no adverse impact on any features or species of ecological importance", while declaring the project a "maximum and efficient use of this greenfield site."

However, local resident Jean Bass - who lives on North Pickenham Road - has expressed concern over the development's potential impact on traffic congestion in the area, suggesting an alternative entrance.

She said: "While I support this application, I am concerned about having an entrance on North Pickenham Road.

"With 46 houses planned further up the road, this already fairly busy road will become worse. Can this development have entrance on Masons Drive?"

Last year's approved application had a low density, which has since been increased due to a reduction in the size of the 46 properties.

As a result the houses now occupy a smaller portion of land, and the additional 29 properties have been proposed to fill the 3.01-hectare site which already has outline planning permission.

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