Broads village housing plans approved despite flooding concerns

There are plans to build 12 homes off Willow Way in Ludham. The development would include a footpath to School Road at...

There are plans to build 12 homes off Willow Way in Ludham. The development would include a footpath to School Road at this point. - Credit: Google StreetView

A developer’s plan to build 12 homes on agricultural land in north Norfolk has finally been approved, four years after the first submission. 

The plans will see a mix of housing types built on a plot off Willow Way in Ludham, on the Norfolk Broads. 

However, approval comes with a caveat that the developers, who will have to pay £195,000 under a Section 106 agreement, instead of an earlier proposal for three affordable homes. 

Alongside this, they will also have to pay an extra £6,518 for allotments, £5,600 for play enhancement, £13,241 for parks and £2,450 for 'visitor impact mitigation'.   

The earlier application was refused because it was considered too dense, would detract from views of a Grade 1-listed church, and would not have benefited the public. 

Speaking to the North Norfolk Council development committee on Thursday, Jo-Anne Reed, a member of the public, called for the application to be rejected due to flooding concerns. 

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“On all the properties along the eastern boundary, not least Willow Way, every time there's heavy rain it backs up to the toilet so there's been lots of complaints - I don't see how adding more sewage would help."  

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She added: “The field isn't coping as it is, I just feel if that then opens up to further development, it will just be catastrophic.” 

A letter was read out on behalf of the developer, who said the plans provide public open green space that will include an attenuation pond for surface water runoff and a habitat for native species. 

St Benet councillor, Adam Varley, said Anglian Water had increased the capacity for foul drainage since the 2017 application and while there was a need for affordable housing, the development would go towards the council's commitment to providing a range of housing options.

He added: “Ludham certainly has the capability of expanding and becoming a bigger community. 

“The overall development fits in with the characteristics of Ludham and I believe does not have any detrimental impact in that respect.” 

Councillors approved the development 12 for and one abstention.