Town would not welcome 177 ‘good looking’ homes, warns councillor

The development site for 177 new homes in Watton. Photo: Google Maps

The development site for 177 new homes in Watton. Photo: Google Maps - Credit: Archant

A Norfolk town would not welcome more development, warns a councillor as plans for 177 new homes progresses.

Fresh details of the new homes in Watton have been submitted by Tesni Homes to Breckland Council.

Developers are set to build on an area of land where Woodpecker drive and Mallard road ends.

The original outline planning application for the development site was approved in 2017, and will see 177 homes built, as well as access roads and various landscaping.

The aim is to fill the land, which is currently grassland, creating link roads which connect the existing estates to the proposed development.

The reserved matters document says that the development has been designed to utilise the existing connections to the site while building bungalows and two-storey houses at the border of the land, consistent with neighbouring developments.

It claims the buildings will be "good looking" with a range of homes including three-storey and apartment buildings, designed to reflect the surrounding area while also bringing individuality.

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Keith Gilbert, Breckland Councillor for Watton, said: "I know the general feeling of people in the town is that they would not welcome any more developments and as far as major developments like this are concerned, I don't think the people of Watton will be in favour."

This comes after plans were submitted for 180 new homes to be built on a plot of land off Thetford Road, Watton in May earlier this year.

Gladman Development's outline planning application, which promised 180 homes, was recommended for approval but is still yet to be determined.

A further 98 houses that were completed on Hare's Green, situated off Norwich Road, Abel Homes, in July 2018.

Families in Watton have previously expressed concerns about large housing developments in their town, fearing problems with a lack of infrastructure improvements in connection with the rising population.

Tesni Homes were contacted but declined to comment.