Approved plans for mid-Norfolk brownfield sites could create up to 169 new homes

PUBLISHED: 16:27 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:31 12 February 2018

Breckland Council Offices, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Breckland Council Offices, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

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Plans have been put into motion which could see the development of up to 169 homes across three mid-Norfolk brownfield sites following approval by councillors.

Necton VC First School. Picture: ARCHANTNecton VC First School. Picture: ARCHANT

It comes after a meeting of Breckland District Council’s planning committee at the council offices in Dereham today.

Members were asked to approve plans to create new homes across the three different sites - the former infant school at Necton, the former malthouse at Dereham, and the site of a former paint brush factory in Attleborough.

All plans to place the sites on part two of the Brownfield Land Register, with permission in principle for the construction of new dwellings, were unanimously approved.

For Necton, this would mean demolishing the former infant school off School Road and replacing with four to eight new homes.

Dereham Maltings.  Dated  29 December 1981. Picture: BH. SmithDereham Maltings. Dated 29 December 1981. Picture: BH. Smith

Permission had been approved previously for the building of four homes with garages but this is due to lapse next month. In June last year an application to build 10 homes on the site was refused planning permission on the grounds that it would be over developed.

Chairman, councillor Nigel Wilkin, said the past plans had “not been in keeping” with the area at the time.

In Dereham, the former malthouse site, off Greenfields Road, could see the addition of between 53 to 75 new homes.

Councillor Peter Wilkinson said: “The consultations are very broad and it’s good to see them.”

Aerial view of Dereham Maltings. June 2005 Picture by: Mike PageAerial view of Dereham Maltings. June 2005 Picture by: Mike Page

There had been plans to restore the redundant maltings building but it was determined that operating it would not have been financially viable and therefore would not be brought back into commercial use.

In Attleborough, between 75 and 86 new homes have been earmarked for the Hamilton Acorn brownfield site, off Halford Road, which currently houses a former paint brush factory.

The plans could see the demolition of the factory and other existing unused buildings, with the creation of up to 86 new houses and public open space.

Previously approved plans for 86 dwellings on this site has since lapsed.

Reflecting on its former heyday, councillor Keith Martin, said: “It’s a shame the factory has been emptied now [but] I’m happy with the plans.”

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