Plans to build up to 70 homes on Chapel Lane in Wymondham have been earmarked for refusal.

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The application, which was submitted by the Herts-based Fairfield Partnership in August, includes plans for up to 70 homes, a play area and public open spaces including new footpaths.

South Norfolk Council received 274 letters of objection which cited reasons including flooding, and the impact on the setting of Wymondham Abbey as reasons why permission should be refused.

The council also received a letter from Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman, who said he had “grave” reservations about the outline plans.

The application will be discussed at South Norfolk Council’s planning meeting next week.

Last year, Friends of the Tiffey Valley, a group which seeks to protect the valley, held a meeting in the Feathers pub where more than 40 residents aired their concerns.

The land was not an area which was identified by the Wymondham Area Action Plan, which was created to help guide development in the town.

Joe Mooney, County Councillor for Wymondham, who is strongly opposed to the application, said: “I hope that the committee will take into account the specific characteristics and features of the whole site such as the setting of the Abbey and the river when determining this application.

“The area is a key landscape asset within the town and the important views across the site from Chapel Lane needs to be retained for the benefit of all the residents of Wymondham.”

The meeting will be held at South Norfolk Council’s offices in Swan Lane, Long Stratton, next Wednesday at 1pm.

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