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‘Thumbs down’ from village residents to plans for 14 new homes

PUBLISHED: 12:56 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:56 13 April 2018

Thumbs down for Knapton homes at public meeting. Picture: Peter Kaye

Thumbs down for Knapton homes at public meeting. Picture: Peter Kaye

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Opponents of a controversial scheme for new homes in a north Norfolk village plan to ask the developers to change their minds.

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

An urgent meeting was hosted by Knapton Parish Council to discuss Victory Housing Trust’s plans for 14 new homes on the Millennium Field in the middle of the village.

The trust had wanted to build 16 homes there, but has since revised down its plans, leaving some open space at the Hall Lane end of the site.

The field is a popular spot for walkers, and the site contains a number of trees planted in the memory of loved ones, as part of a project going back to 1999.

The meeting was held on Tuesday, April 10, and Peter Kaye, vice-chairman of the parish council, said afterwards: “It was the second meeting we’ve had and it was well attended. The plans got a rousing thumbs down.

“The plans differ only in that they have reduced the number of properties to be built from 16 to 14 and have not addressed any of our other objections associated with this development.

“The view of residents did not change. They are all unanimous in agreeing that the development, as proposed, is unsuitable for Knapton. We are in agreement that affordable housing should go-ahead here but not on the scale envisaged by Victory Housing. We are asking them to reconsider their proposals.

“We will be addressing North Norfolk District Council’s planning with our fears, particularly in respect of road safety, in the near future.

“It is of interest to note that the Highways department at County Hall refused to recommend the application on ‘transport sustainability and highway safety grounds’. Despite this, Victory Housing is intent on pushing ahead with the plans with apparent disregard for public safety.”

Victory Housing Trust was unavailable for comment.

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