Residents’ anger as housing application for homes in Stow Bedon, near Watton, which was rejected by a planning inspector, is resubmitted
A controversial housing application which was rejected by a planning inspector has been resubmitted - much to the anger of villagers.
At the end of July an application to build eight five-bedroom homes in Stow Bedon, near Watton, was dismissed by inspector Richard Schofield because it “would harm the character and appearance of the area”.
Mr Schofield also said the development, on land adjacent to the Prince of Wales Lodge on Cherry Tree Lane, would be at odds with Breckland Council’s core strategy policy.
He said the strategy “seeks to ensure a balanced distribution of housing, integrated with existing or proposed transport infrastructure”.
Parish councillor Andrew Hayward said the application, originally submitted in March 2016, was “a housing estate” which he said is “out of character with the village scene”.
And residents’ association member Hannah Reed said: “When the application came in it just shocked people really. It was clearly not the home local young people will be moving into.”
She added: “The response when you go out and speak to people, they say ‘again?’ They are hoping for less people to object.”
The village, which has 130 properties, has no amenities and has a very limited bus service.
In his report Mr Schofield said: “Given that the appeal site is in open countryside, beyond Stow Bedon and distant from any larger settlements, it is reasonable to consider that the proposed new homes would be isolated.”
The applicant, David Taylor, has amended the bid to six five-bedroom houses and two affordable houses, which started as three-bedroom homes but have since been reduced to two.
The houses would be set on four acres of land close to the former village pub - the Prince of Wales - which closed in 1958.
He said: “The proposed houses will provide homes for generations to come who will be able to live and work from here with new technologies such as broadband and PV panels.
“They will bring new life to the area together with the initial employment for my building team of 25 people.”
He added: “The properties are set within a group of houses yet set far enough away not to cause any loss of amenity to anyone. I can only see benefits to the detailed proposal and hope the Breckland officers agree.”