Plan for six bungalows rejected over space and safety concerns
- Credit: Sketcher Partnership
A property developer has told of his dismay at having an application to build six bungalows on brownfield land in a Norfolk town rejected.
Mick Gore had applied for planning permission for the third time to build homes on the former Palgrave Brown site between Westfield Road and Shipdham Road in Toftwood, Dereham.
In 2019, he applied to have 24 homes built on the site, with access proposed for most of the houses from Sheldrick Place.
Town councillors at the time said the plan was potentially “dangerous” and appeared “cramped”.
In 2020, Mr Gore tried again, with access proposed this time from Westfield Road for a development comprising 33 homes.
This year, Mr Gore suggested developing a small parcel of the site into six bungalows, with access via a private drive coming off Shipdham Road.
Breckland Council’s planning officers gave several reasons for rejecting the latest plan, including a “cramped form of development” and “inadequate visibility splays” at the bottom of the private drive.
The private drive is currently used by two houses, located at the top of it.
According to estimates provided by Norfolk County Council's highways department, six bungalows would typically generate a further 36 daily movements of cars, which would “cause danger and inconvenience” to users of Shipdham Road.
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Officers also said that they had failed to receive an ecological survey, which would have enabled them to assess whether the plans posed a threat to protected species and biodiversity.
“I was choked, absolutely choked,” said Mr Gore, describing his reaction to the news of the refusal.
Mr Gore said that before the refusal, he had asked the council why they wanted an ecological survey.
“I said ‘Why do you want one?’, because the whole site is concrete and they never came back [to me].”
Mr Gore added that permission should have been given to several greenfield sites in the area and said permission should first be given to brownfield sites like his.
He also claimed that poorer visibility splays and more cramped sites had been given permission in other parts of the town.
Mr Gore said he wanted the council to “reconsider” and would appeal against the decision. If the appeal is refused, Mr Gore said he intends to re-develop that portion of the site into industrial units, such as garages.