Plans to build 10 affordable homes in a Norfolk village have been met with backlash from locals who fear ancient hedgerows could be destroyed.

The proposed development seeks to build the properties on land to the north east of Gressenhall on land off Bittering Street.

Hastoe Housing Association want to build a mixture of one and three bed homes which it says will be built to high energy-efficient standards and it will help meet the need for affordable housing in the rural community.

Dereham Times: The hedgerows and trees along Bittering Street in GressenhallThe hedgerows and trees along Bittering Street in Gressenhall (Image: Google)

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It has gained support from Gressenhall Parish Council but a growing number of people have written letters of objection to Breckland Council voicing concerns the removal of ancient hedgerows and trees that surround the site will harm the wildlife in the area.

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Others fear it will lead to overdevelopment and put extra strain on the infrastructure of the small village. 

Norfolk County Council highways officers have also recommended the application is refused due to traffic safety fears.

The application (3PL/2023/0388/F) continues to be reviewed and is due to be decided in April next year.