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'Will this nightmare ever end?' - village could see 101 new homes and GP surgery built

Residents has objected to plans to build 101 more homes in East Harling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Residents has objected to plans to build 101 more homes in East Harling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A Norfolk village could see 101 new homes built as part of the final phase of a housing development - leaving residents questioning "will this nightmare ever end?".

The area that could be developed in East Harling. Picture: GoogleThe area that could be developed in East Harling. Picture: Google

Lanpro, on behalf of Heritage Developments, has submitted plans to Breckland Council to build the homes in East Harling as part of a third and final phase.

The first and second phases, Poppy Fields and Rusina Fields, have been completed in the village, with more than 60 houses built.

The developer is now seeking to place the homes on a 10-hectare area next to these completed estates.

Residents have voiced their objections to the plans warning of an increase in traffic and pressure on school places.

The field on Kenninghall Road at East Harling before the start of the Poppy Fields Estate. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe field on Kenninghall Road at East Harling before the start of the Poppy Fields Estate. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Stephen Jacobs, of Brewsters, said: "Will this nightmare never end?

"Yet another speculative, unnecessary and unwanted intrusion into our countryside. The access road is once again on Kenninghall Road which will be subject to more traffic."

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Louise Pickles, of Lopham Road, said: "Yet again another planning application for housing in East Harling, when will this stop?

"The logistics of the village remain the same - the school is over-stretched, traffic is a massive issue through the village and not least Kenninghall Road is a lane in my view."

Included in this phase is a location for a GP surgery. Although the building would be constructed, it would be run by the NHS.

Another added: "Do we need a new surgery when we cannot see a doctor within a month and where are the extra doctors coming from?

"We have a lovely village here and wish to stay as one."

The managing director and founder of Heritage Developments, Matt Bartram, hopes it can continue the "high level of design" seen from its previous developments.

He said: "Norfolk County Highways have supported our plans for the phase three development which will enhance the transport position within the village.

"The surgery will undoubtedly provide much improved rural facilities for the area in purpose-built buildings.

"From a design and quality perspective, it is of huge importance that Heritage has maintained a high level of design and build quality throughout the previous two phases which it will maintain within any future development phases."

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