'Yes' verdict on homes bid

A new housing project near Great Yarmouth will be allowed to go ahead as long as the the site is adequately drained. Designs for the 49 homes, destined to go in Martham Road and Common Road, Hemsby, were approved by borough councillors on Tuesday.

A new housing project near Great Yarmouth will be allowed to go ahead as long as the the site is adequately drained.

Designs for the 49 homes, destined to go in Martham Road and Common Road, Hemsby, were approved by borough councillors on Tuesday.

The proposed site covers 3.7 acres and includes six bungalows, three flats and parking. The scheme would consist of 15pc of social housing, and for each property �1,100 would be given to the parish council for play facilities.

Passing of the plans follows a previous outline application and approval that the applicant, developer Norfolk Homes, would sort out drainage details.

However, repeated debates about the subject prompted Labour group leader Mick Castle to walk out in frustration.

A neighbour of the site, Arthur Buchan, voiced his concerns about noise from a parking area near his home and received backing from Labour councillor Michael Jeal, but others praised the efforts of Norfolk Homes to respond to local people's worries.

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Mark Thompson, vice-chairman of the development control committee, said: “It's good to have an honest applicant who said they would rather have more houses but has adjusted plans to include bungalows because of local concern.”

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