Breckland councillors to discuss housing plan for former RAF Watton radar site

Dozens of new homes could be built on the former RAF Watton radar site if councillors give a proposal the go ahead at a meeting this month.

Bennett Homes has submitted the application to Breckland Council to built 154 properties on the 4.6 hectare site off Norwich Road, which is currently unused and overgrown.

Members of the planning committee are due to discuss the application on Monday and planning officers have recommended that councillors grant the proposal reserved matters approval.

The site is currently surrounded by houses and includes a number of trees and if the plan is given the green light a new roundabout access road on Norwich Road would be built and two open spaces would be provided.

Most of the development would be two storeys, but a number of bungalows, chalets and three-storey properties have also been proposed. A total of 46 homes would be used as affordable housing.

The planning report said: 'The development of the site for housing would be in keeping with the established character of the area. The density proposed would be consistent with most surrounding development, as would the general pattern of development proposed. The suburban character of the area would be maintained. Development on the site frontage would complement the existing Norwich Road street scene.'

It added: 'Whilst some change to the immediate environment of neighbouring properties is inevitable given the scale of the development, it is not considered that the proposed development would result in significant adverse effects on local amenity.'

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The report said that the house designs would be 'broadly traditional' and most properties would have on-plot parking. An overspill visitor parking area would also be established.

Naural screening would be put in place in certain areas to prevent neighbouring properties being overlooked.

Watton Town Council have raised a number of objections to the plans, including over development of the site, an increase of traffic onto Norwich Road, not enough parking for the amount of properties, very little green open space and the homes would not be in keeping with other properties on Norwich Road.

Residents from the town have also raised concerns about the application, including fears about the density of development, loss of trees and the impact the homes would have on wildlife.