Town ‘groaning under the weight of house building’ green lit for 180 more

Watton is set to get 180 more homes after outline planning permission was approved. Picture Getty Im

Watton is set to get 180 more homes after outline planning permission was approved. Picture Getty Images - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A development of 180 homes is a step closer to being built after outline planning permission was approved.

The location of the proposed development on Thetford Road. Picture: Google

The location of the proposed development on Thetford Road. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

Gladman Developments Ltd begun the bid to build the homes on a plot of land off Thetford Road, in Watton, back in August 2018.

Breckland Council approved the outline application with a number of constraints despite previous reservations from the Environment Agency, NHS and residents.

NHS England expressed concern that additional strain would be put on Watton Medical Practice due to about 414 more residents moving to the area. A fund of £10,000 has to be put forward by Gladman to cover this.

The Environment Agency raised concerns that using a borehole soakaway would risk polluting drinking water under the site. The developers resubmitted drainage plans which use a shallower technique which the agency accepted.

Outline planning has been approved for a development on Thetford Road. Picture: Archant

Outline planning has been approved for a development on Thetford Road. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

Objector Hazel Dodgson said: "All this building in and around Watton to my mind is owners of surplus land wanting to make a pretty penny with no thought of the final outcome. Watton is groaning under the weight of house building in and around."

While Victoria Crouch added: "Already there is gridlock at school start and finish times. It's impossible to drive straight through the High Street without stopping because people insist on parking outside the shops instead of in the car parks. All these extra cars would mean gridlock most of the time."

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But in a planning statement Gladman said the development will "respect the local character but also move the community towards a more sustainable future" while creating a "housing choice and new amenity spaces for the existing and new community".

It must also provide further planning documents to Breckland at each stage of the development process with no work carried out before it has been approved. This applies to all aspects of estate including the homes, street lights and trees.

The homes on the estate would be split into market and affordable housing. Market homes would be dived into 60 four bed homes, 36 three bed semi-detached and 39 three bed mew, row, houses.

Affordable homes would consist of 15 three bed and 16 two bed row homes and 14 one and two bed apartments.

Gladman Developments did not wish to comment.

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