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Homes plan widely supported in Scole turned down by planners

Land West of Norwich Road, Scole. (Opposite Saint Andrews Church) ANL-150826-163917009
Land West of Norwich Road, Scole. (Opposite Saint Andrews Church) ANL-150826-163917009

A homes for village hall development which was widely supported at Scole has been turned down by planners.

But it is now confirmed that talks are to start on resubmitting the application, which includes an offer of land and £300,000 towards the cost of a new hall.

The outline application was for 17 three and four bedroom houses in addition to the land for the hall on land west of Norwich Road,

The proposals also included parking, recreation and wildlife areas.

The development was supported by the parish council although it also noted that the area was prone to flooding and would like to see houses for first time buyers included in the plans.

Scole’s district councillor Jenny Wilby was also in favour, saying it would make good use of a derelict site although she acknowledged there were concerns among near neighbours.

Mrs Wilby told the Diss Express she was very disappointed by the decision. “I hope the application will be resubmitted because there is a lot of support.

“Nowadays village halls are being used a lot more as people become more community minded.”

Given the gift of land and contribution to the cost of a new hall, she said there were people in the village who would carry the project forward: “There is a big community spirit here.”

Robert Marsh-Feiley, of Hollins of Framlingham, is the architect for the development, which is proposed by Mr B Tunmore, of Carleton Rode. He described the reasons for refusal as “pretty tenuous”.

The plans were only at outline stage and the mix of housing could be changed to include two-bedroomed dwellings. “We are more than happy to look at that,” he said.

Some fleeting views of the views of the church might be lost from the A140 but otherwise most of the development was in a hollow and the church was on a hill and he hoped to meet Historic England to discuss its objection.

The offer of land and a contribution towards the village hall represented about half the £750,000 it was expected to cost, he added.

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