Tharston homes approved

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A major development to construct more than a hundred new homes in Tharston has been given the green light, providing parts of the original plans are amended to meet certain environmental protection criteria.

The reserved matters application to build 120 homes at vacant land in Chequers Road, submitted by developer Taylor Wimpey East Anglia at the end of April, received conditional approval during last Wednesday’s meeting of the South Norfolk Council Development Management Committee.

The final decision report indicated, following a recommendation by the County Ecologist, that development on the site could not start until the applicant submitted a revised Landscape and Ecological Management Plan, in order to reduce the impact on the area’s environment.

In addition, the council stated that homes built in the southern area of the site could not be altered, as this plot was part of a Tree Root Protection Area.

Prior to its approval, the application had saw 13 objections from residents relating to the difficulty of accessing the site from Chequers Road and Jermyn Way.

The Long Stratton doctors’ surgery also expressed concerns about the potential strain they would take on due to an influx of additional patients.