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Controversial plan for 71 homes near school may be revived as appeal is lodged

PUBLISHED: 12:32 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 12:32 14 May 2019

Badger Building has appealed against a decision to refuse its plan for 71 homes off East Anglian Way in Gorleston Picture: James Bass

Badger Building has appealed against a decision to refuse its plan for 71 homes off East Anglian Way in Gorleston Picture: James Bass

Refused plans to build 71 homes close to a school in Gorleston could be revived at appeal.

Last year, Great Yarmouth Borough Council turned down a bid from Badger Building to develop land off East Anglian Way.

It was a decision which came following a long running saga which saw the homebuilders make a U-turn over the site's access, first proposing access off East Anglian Way itself, then proposing a route through Gorleston Recreation Ground before reverting to the original plan.

The decision was twice deferred by the committee before being refused at the third time of asking - a move that will now be placed under scrutiny by a planning inspector.

Ed Gilder, land and planning manager at Badger Building, said: "We have appealed in the hope of achieving a satisfactory resolution of what is a difficult situation.

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"The local residents are inconvenienced by the sometimes inconsiderate parking of parents dropping off children at the school and the parents' view, of course, is that there is nowhere else for them to park except on the road.

"The adjacent land is owned by the borough council and has been allocated for housing for many years. We felt our scheme, which provided housing and a dedicated school drop off point, was a sensible solution.

"There also seems to be a view that the houses will overwhelm East Anglian Way with additional cars, a view that is not shared by the highway authority or the planning officer who recommended the development for approval."

Much of the public objection to the scheme related to when it was proposed to create an access point through the recreation ground, with a petition against this attracting almost 1,600 signatures.

However, opposition still remained after this proposal was abandoned, with neighbours expressing concerns over traffic, road safety and noise pollution.

At the committee meeting in August, the idea of deferring the application for a third time was floated, but members eventually voted to refuse it.

Anybody wishing for their views to be taken into account in the appeal have until Tuesday, June 11 to submit their comments to the Planning Inspectorate.

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