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Bid for 30 houses ‘at the heart’ of Norfolk village approved

Plans for 30 houses on the Limagrain site in Docking have been approved by west Norfolk council's planning committee. Picture: Google

Plans for 30 houses on the Limagrain site in Docking have been approved by west Norfolk council’s planning committee. Picture: Google

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Proposals to build 30 houses on a vacant business site at the heart of a Norfolk village have been approved.

West Norfolk council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead to plans to build 30 new homes on the Limagrain UK Ltd site on Station Road in Docking on Monday, June 1.

The proposed development, which was previously used by the agricultural seeds company, is located on a brownfield site and near the village’s conservation area.

Issues raised about the proposals included highway safety and the impact on the nearby conservation area.

The applicant’s agent Jane Crichton argued the site provided a new opportunity for new homes to be built at the centre of the village, which is located in a sustainable location.

But councillors questioned the need in the village with some claiming they would be used for holiday homes.

Terry Parish said: “Where’s the evidence for the housing demand other than for second homes? Is there evidence there is a high demand?”

Principal planner Helen Morris said: “Our experience in terms of Docking is that the housing seems to be buoying but there is no requirement to demonstrate the housing demand.”

The access to the site is opposite the village shop, which has raised concern from residents and the parish council about the safety problem this could pose.

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Sam Sandell said it could negatively impact the local shop and parking on both sides of the road.

She added: “Residents don’t think this is suitable right in the centre of the village.”

Francis Bone also raised the issue of safety for the local primary school when the development took place.

But others argued the development would be a better change in comparison to the movement of HGV lorries in and out of the site previously.

Martin Storey said: “It’s in the heart of the parish, personally I think it’s a planning gain with the type of traffic. The development will be nice to look at.”

Conservation and highways officers raised no objections to the proposals.

Most comments from the public on the borough council’s website objected to the proposals.

Councillors voted in favour of the housing bid.


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Lorry driving centre in Felthorpe refused by Broadland Council over road safety fears

Plans to transform a former builders yard into a HGV driving centre have been refused. Photo: Google Streetview

Plans to transform a former builders yard into a HGV driving centre have been refused. Photo: Google Streetview

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Plans for a HGV driving centre at a former builders yard have been rejected by a council over fears of vehicles navigating unsafe roads.

The application to convert the old McCafferty’s Builders Yard, in Felthorpe, into a training centre for lorry and forklift drivers was discussed at Broadland District Council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday, March 4.

But councillors voted in unison to refuse the plans, citing concern over the location and road safety.

The proposals for the Mill Lane site came before the committee due to rules over how the council considers planning applications which may offer employment – as the proposed site could have seen eight jobs relocated from Norwich.

Julie Fox, Broadland planning officer, told councillors: “The Highways authority objected to the proposal as they considered the semi-rural location of a substandard nature, and also unsatisfactory for increased by HGV traffic.”

She added: “The proposal would provide no economic benefit and it’s considered it should not be approved – the recommendation is for refusal.”

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John Bebbington, Felthorpe Parish Council’s vice-chairman, told the committee: “This is a builders yard but the vehicles on site were a maximum of six and they were box vehicles, not HGVs.”

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He said the roads were unsuitable for “vehicles of this nature”.

He added: “A business of this nature is best suited to an area of the city that provides the best location to meet their needs.

“Felthorpe really is a very small village.”

Mr Bebbington said objections from villagers had included the site’s location, the state of the rural roads, a lack of visibility when accessing Mill Lane and Reepham Road, the impact on road safety and potential noise and disturbance to residents.

However, a report published ahead of the planning meeting said the plans were outside any settlement boundary, and stated: “The proposed use would make effective use of a brownfield site in former employment use.

“The proposal would not cause significant detrimental impact on residential amenity.”

But the report added: “The proposal would have limited economic benefits, and overall no economic and social benefits.”

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of following the officers’ recommendation to refuse the site.

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Plans for HGV centre in 'small village' refused by council over safety fears

Plans to transform a former builders yard into a HGV driving centre have been refused. Photo: Google Streetview

Plans to transform a former builders yard into a HGV driving centre have been refused. Photo: Google Streetview

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Plans for a HGV driving centre at a former builders yard have been rejected by a council over fears of vehicles navigating unsafe roads.

The application to convert the old McCafferty’s Builders Yard, in Felthorpe, into a training centre for lorry and forklift drivers was discussed at Broadland District Council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday, March 4.

But councillors voted in unison to refuse the plans, citing concern over the location and road safety.

The proposals for the Mill Lane site came before the committee due to rules over how the council considers planning applications which may offer employment – as the proposed site could have seen eight jobs relocated from Norwich.

Julie Fox, Broadland planning officer, told councillors: “The Highways authority objected to the proposal as they considered the semi-rural location of a substandard nature, and also unsatisfactory for increased by HGV traffic.”

She added: “The proposal would provide no economic benefit and it’s considered it should not be approved – the recommendation is for refusal.”

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John Bebbington, Felthorpe Parish Council’s vice-chairman, told the committee: “This is a builders yard but the vehicles on site were a maximum of six and they were box vehicles, not HGVs.”

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He said the roads were unsuitable for “vehicles of this nature”.

He added: “A business of this nature is best suited to an area of the city that provides the best location to meet their needs.

“Felthorpe really is a very small village.”

Mr Bebbington said objections from villagers had included the site’s location, the state of the rural roads, a lack of visibility when accessing Mill Lane and Reepham Road, the impact on road safety and potential noise and disturbance to residents.

However, a report published ahead of the planning meeting said the plans were outside any settlement boundary, and stated: “The proposed use would make effective use of a brownfield site in former employment use.

“The proposal would not cause significant detrimental impact on residential amenity.”

But the report added: “The proposal would have limited economic benefits, and overall no economic and social benefits.”

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of following the officers’ recommendation to refuse the site.

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