More than a hundred affordable homes are to be built in an up-and-coming Norfolk village despite school space fears.

Housing firm Places and People wants to turn the 3.7 hectare site on land north of Chapel Street in Shipdham into 102 homes, 100pc of which will be affordable, ranging from two to four-bedroom properties.

The scheme will be built on the site of a 159-year-old pub, the Waggon and Horses in Shipdham, which has been bulldozed to make way for the development.

It is hoped it will create much-needed affordable homes for people living in the village.

The scheme has been supported by many locals, including the parish council.

However, Breckland Council members were concerned that the major project would put extra pressure on schools in the area.

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Dereham Times: The site after the pub was bulldozedThe site after the pub was bulldozed (Image: Google)

Places and People said it would be unviable to pay the full £1m estimated community levy cost, which helps fund public services in the area to build new houses.

But officers said it was an important scheme due to the number of affordable homes it would create. They added that the lack of funding for local schools will instead have to be covered by the county council.

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Dereham Times: The Breckland Council offices in DerehamThe Breckland Council offices in Dereham (Image: Archant © 2013)

There were also concerns that the development could be at risk of flooding and that further assessments were needed.

It is expected a report by the local flood authority will follow in the new year and officers will approve the project if there are no objections.

The development was approved unanimously by members of the planning committee this week.

The 159-year-old Waggon and Horses pub had been earmarked to be flattened since 2017 after it stood empty for several years, along with other businesses at the site including a car workshop and fish and chips takeaway.

Outline permission had been given last year and work has already begun at the site, including the demolishing of the businesses.