Wymondham homes plan to be reconsidered

Controversial plans to build up to 350 homes in Wymondham will be re-considered by councillors following recent housing decisions elsewhere in the country which could now lead to the proposals being rejected.

A special meeting of South Norfolk Council's planning committee is due to be called by the end of the year to re-debate an application by Landstock Estates Ltd and Landowners Group to construct homes off Norwich Common.

The application was narrowly approved in September, despite contravening a number of local planning policies and attracting strong opposition from Wymondham Town Council and nearby residents.

Planning officers had advised councillors that a decision to refuse the proposals would not stand up at appeal because the district is lacking a five-year supply of land for development.

But councillors now feel that argument has been undermined due to a decision by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who went against the recommendations of one of his own planning inspectors to overturn an application for 2,000 homes in Winchester despite the area also lacking a five-year land supply.

The planning committee decided on Wednesday to bring the proposals back before councillors at a date to be confirmed.

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