Fears have been raised that more of Norfolk’s countryside could be lost because a change in how the government estimates need for new homes means nearly 2,000 extra would have to be built every year.
A Norfolk council has delayed a vote on calls for it to oppose government proposals to transform the planning system.
Suffolk councils could be forced to approve twice as many homes per year under new government proposals – a move that some claim could “permanently destroy” the character of many communities.
A project aimed at regenerating disused council land has been extended for an additional five years.
Historic reforms of the planning system have been slated as “contentious”, “pitiful” and “a bad day for local democracy”, over fears communities will be excluded from decision-making.
The site of a former Norfolk hospital has been cleared, as developers prepare to build new homes.
A Norfolk council has overspent by almost £700,000 on housing and is facing “significant” and “unsustainable” cash pressures.
A warning has been issued that charging points for electric vehicles could be scrapped from housing schemes in rural Norfolk - because electricity grids could struggle to cope.