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Husband fears dust from new homes could kill his asthmatic wife

PUBLISHED: 08:59 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 06 February 2018

Linda and Jon Walland at the field opposite their home in Knapton where Victory Housing want to build 16 homes, and Linda is worried about how dangerous the development will be for her with bad asthma. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Linda and Jon Walland at the field opposite their home in Knapton where Victory Housing want to build 16 homes, and Linda is worried about how dangerous the development will be for her with bad asthma. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A man fears the dust, noise and disruption that would accompany the building of a new estate near his home could prove harmful, and even fatal, for his wife.

John Walland, 69, is dismayed at plans by Victory Housing Trust to build 16 new homes in a field opposite their home in School Lane, in the north Norfolk village of Knapton.

Mr Walland, whose wife Linda, 62, suffers from chronic asthma, said: “It’s really upsetting. The works that are planned are really going to affect her breathing. One of her specialists took me aside and said this could be fatal - well, I’m extremely worried.”

Mr Walland said the couple moved to the village 30 years ago after Mrs Walland suffered a collapsed lung. He said the air quality was one of the reasons why they wanted to live in a place like Knapton. As well as asthma, Mrs Walland has a number of other health complaints.

Mr Walland said: “She has to take 24 tablets a day just to keep her alive.”

Millennium Field in Knapton. The field has been earmarked for 16 new homes. Picture: Stuart AndersonMillennium Field in Knapton. The field has been earmarked for 16 new homes. Picture: Stuart Anderson

He said they were unhappy with a Victory Housing offer to relocate them, adding: “I have to have a wheelchair and I couldn’t walk at all without crutches, so it’s not really an option.”

MORE: Concerns over plans for 16 new homes in Knapton

North Norfolk District Council has received close to 100 objections to the homes since Victory Housing applied for permission for the scheme last year.

Many highlight the impact that number of new homes would have on the small settlement, and the fact the proposed site - known as Millennium Field - contains a number of trees planted in the memory of loved ones, as part of a project going back to 1999.

An overhead plan of the proposed development in Knapton. Image: Design and Access Statement by Richard Pike AssociatesAn overhead plan of the proposed development in Knapton. Image: Design and Access Statement by Richard Pike Associates

John Archibald, chief executive of Victory Housing, said if permission were given, proper procedure would be followed with regards to dust and other issues.

Mr Archibald said: “We expect contractors on all our development sites to fully comply with all relevant health and safety legislation, and to act in a considerate manner towards people living near to our sites.

“Given the concerns raised by Mr and Mrs Walland, we have offered the support of our tenancy support team to discuss options, including arranging for alternative accommodation if necessary. Mr and Mrs Walland have not yet responded to our offer of support, but we will be happy to discuss their options when they do.”

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