Great Ellingham homes plan rejected

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A proposal to construct 13 new residential dwellings on empty land in Great Ellingham has been refused by Breckland Council, for fears that such a development would adversely affect the area.

The plans, submitted earlier in 2014 by Justin and Simon Wilkins of Ellingham Road, Attleborough, envisaged building six detached houses, six semi-detached houses and one detached bungalow on land situated between Church Street and Attleborough Road.

However, they were thrown out late last year by planners after it was decided the homes would be out of keeping with the character of the village and would also cause an unavoidable disturbance to the residents living nearby.

In the decision documentation, Breckland Council planning manager Paul Jackson: “The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the site can accommodate 13 dwellings without compromising the character and appearance of this prominent edge of village location which is characterised by low density development.”

The application was itself an amended version of an earlier proposal, modified in an attempt to address initial concerns, but it still received objections from a number of villagers on the grounds there would be noise disruption and a loss of privacy.