Outline bid for 37 more homes in Harleston

Harleston, Norfolk. Persimmon Homes development on Mendham Lane in Harleston
Harleston, Norfolk. Persimmon Homes development on Mendham Lane in Harleston

A bid for up to 37 homes on a former factory site in Harleston has been made. Mendham Lane Ltd has applied to put the homes on the site formally occupied by the Howard Rotavators factory, off Mendham Lane.

Two phases to the west of the site have already been completed, with 204 homes built.

To the east of the site, over Mendham Lane, Persimmon Homes has secured planning for 120 homes.

The total housing of these recent developments alone could therefore total 361.

A planning statement from agents Pegasus Group said there would be a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses together with the possibility of a limited number of apartments.

Cars will be expected to get to the site through the existing newly-built estate.

It is also proposed to put a footpath to exit the site to the north and east into Mendham Lane.

Harleston Town Council will discuss the plans at its planning committee on March 5.

Eric Bird, the council chairman told the Diss Express: “We’ve always known that the land was going to be developed.

“As always with Harleston developments, we will try to get something out of it that benefits the local community.” South Norfolk Council is yet to make a final decision on the plans.

Mr Bird said the recent family inclusive sports area (FISA) on the Recreation Ground was financed with developer money which came as part of planning permission with new housing construction.

In a planning statement, Pegagus say a consultation leaflet was sent to 480 homes and 37 businesses, last autumn, which saw 36 responses, 13 objecting, 4 supporting and another 19 commenting only.

A report into contaminants on the land, conducted in 2008, found site wide elevated levels of lead and benzo(a)pyrene - a hydrocarbon often associated and released with inefficient combustion, such as with domestic wood fires and car engines.

The report has recommended a number of measures when the site is being constructed to prevent risk to those in the area, construction workers and those ultimately living in the homes.