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Parish council chairman slams 'over-ambitious' plan for 450 new homes

PUBLISHED: 12:51 02 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:12 02 August 2019

The land at Weeting at the junction with Brandon Road and Harling Drove where a crematorium could be built. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The land at Weeting at the junction with Brandon Road and Harling Drove where a crematorium could be built. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Villagers have branded plans to double the population of their community as "stupid", saying it does not have the infrastructure to cope.

Councillor Mike Nairn, left, with MP Liz Truss. Picture: Sonya DuncanCouncillor Mike Nairn, left, with MP Liz Truss. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A planning application to build 450 homes and a crematorium, between the village of Weeting and Brandon, have been criticised by residents and councillors, who have said it's unrealistic.

John Maxim, of Pebbles Close, who lives opposite the proposed development, said: "How stupid is it to build 450 houses and crematorium when we don't have the facility here for jobs, schools, doctors surgeries and the rail service breaks down every week.

"When I attended the council meeting last week at the village hall 100pc of the persons there were against it. They want to turn a village into a town over night but the infrastructure is not here."

Talavera Estates submitted the plans to Breckland Council to build the homes at Mill Farm, Brandon Road.

The land that could be developed in Weeting. Picture: ArchantThe land that could be developed in Weeting. Picture: Archant

The development is on a wedge of land between Brandon and Weeting about 150 metres away from Brandon train station. Although the development would be built on the outskirts of Brandon it is technically in the Norfolk parish of Weeting.

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But despite resident's fears the documents say: "Both Brandon and nearby Weeting have a good range of community facilities and services which make the site location suitable for accommodating housing growth."

Weeting Parish Council chairman Mike Nairn who is against the plan, said: "One example is that there are only two doctor's surgeries in Brandon and they struggle with people waiting weeks for an appointment. So what's its going to be like with even more people in the area?

"It will be increasing the size of the community or village by 50pc, don't get me wrong I'm not against forward development but the scale of it is just too much."

The parish council have encouraged villagers to put their views forward and so far the development has received little to no support.

Mr Nairn added: "As a whole I feel it's an over-ambitious application for land which strikes more of desperation than aspiration."

More than 20 residents have voiced their concerns about the development on the Breckland Council website.

The council will have to take these comments into consideration when the plans are decided.

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