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Caister floodplain homes plan wrangle

PUBLISHED: 15:10 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 03 July 2010

A HOUSING development in Caister which sparked a decade of debate is continuing to cause controversy.

Developer Bloor Homes was granted permission to build 150 homes on marshland off West Road in Caister last year and since then workers have been on site completing groundwork.

A HOUSING development in Caister which sparked a decade of debate is continuing to cause controversy.

Developer Bloor Homes was granted permission to build 150 homes on marshland off West Road in Caister last year and since then workers have been on site completing groundwork.

However, last month Caister Parish Council was informed that workers were digging a borrow pit on site - moving soil from one location to another - which they did not have permission to do.

The parish council contacted Norfolk County Council and members of the council's minerals planning team visited the site.

A county council spokesman said: “The developers said they were unaware of the need for planning permission because they were moving material within the site, exchanging better quality material with poorer material to provide a means of raising the houses.”

He added that Bloor Homes had now submitted a planning application which will be considered by the planning regulatory committee in the near future.

And this week chairman of Caister Parish Council Tony Overill said he expected more of the developer given the controversy the scheme had generated in the village.

He said: “I would have thought with all the problems we have had over that site they would have more common sense than just to say we didn't know we needed planning permission, they should know.

“It's very annoying and the site has been left in an awful mess,” he added.

The site was given outline planning permission in 1999 and the application for 150 homes was last year referred to the secretary of state following local concerns over flooding and the impact of climate change. The application was handed back to the borough council who gave it the go-ahead because reversing the decision would have cost thousands in compensation.

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