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Developer appeals rejection of 350 home Norwich scheme

Developer Landlock Estates has resubmitted plans and appealed against South Norfolk planning committee's rejection of its proposals for a 350 home development next to Norwich Common in Wymondham.25 May 2012

The planning committee unanimously rejected the Landlock Estates proposals last year after narrowly approving the same scheme just three months earlier. The rejection was due to concerns about the diminishing greenfield gap between Wymondham and Hethersett. 

Landlock Estates has resubmitted its plans following the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which it said emphasises the need for housing land supply. 

Local planning authorities must be able to demonstrate five years worth of housing land supply plus a buffer of 5%, under rules contained in the NPPF and under-performing authorities must allow for a 20% buffer. 

South Norfolk Council has proposed to build 2,200 new homes in the Wymondham area, according to its draft area action plan, however the developer argued that the required five years housing supply does not exist. 

Local councillor Clive Walker said that he was not against new development but argued that Landlock Estates' proposals were premature because they pre-empted the results of the Wymondham Area Action Plan. 

“No one likes having houses being built next to them, but the area action plan is a democratic process. It will end up being a complete waste of time if by the time it has finished the council has been railroaded by developers,” he said, according to local reports

A planning inquiry into Landlock Estates' proposals will begin in July.