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Tibenham planning project is retracted at the eleventh hour

A spate of objections and allegations of tampering were at the centre of an eleventh hour planning application retraction, as a meeting to discuss the plans had to be cancelled.

The application, which was submitted by the site’s land owners in January, relates to fields west of Cargate Common in Tibenham, with the proposal requesting a change of use from agricultural land to an equestrian arena, with stables and a car park.

With South Norfolk Council set to discuss the proposal on Wednesday, the applicants retracted the application days beforehand after 18 objections were put forward, against six in support.

The development would have changed the land use to equine activities.
The development would have changed the land use to equine activities.

The agenda for the meeting outlined a number of concerns, including that public footpath and right of way signs had been removed on the site, according to Bunwell Parish Council’s statement.

Tibenham Parish Council objected on the grounds that additional traffic along a single small road leading to the site would be unacceptable, especially as the road was prone to flooding, and that waste and light pollution could be an issue.

The applicants outlined the possible creation of two full-time employment positions if the plans were approved, and asserted that the development would help local trade by bringing more people into the village.

Despite this fact swaying the council’s economic development officer to support the application, opinion was predominantly set against the application, with residents’ concerns over its appearance, the effect on the landscape, poor visibility owing to its narrow entrance and the risk of flooding all fuelling recommendations to refuse permission.

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