Residents object to housing plans

PUBLISHED: 09:41 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

CAUSING CONCERN: The housing development next to the Old Mill at Upwell. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

CAUSING CONCERN: The housing development next to the Old Mill at Upwell. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

CONCERNED villagers have called for plans to almost treble the size of a housing estate to be thrown out by planning officers. They fear increased traffic will put residents safety at risk if five homes are added to the six already approved for Miller s

CAUSING CONCERN: The housing development next to the Old Mill at Upwell. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

CONCERNED villagers have called for plans to almost treble the size of a housing estate to be thrown out by planning officers.

They fear increased traffic will put residents' safety at risk if five homes are added to the six already approved for Miller's Rest, Upwell, next to the Old Mill.

In statements to West Norfolk Borough Council, both Upwell Parish Council and residents of Russell Drive, Outwell, have lodged their objections.

Developer Slaley Homes has bought extra land next to the south-west border of the site, the car park of the Old Mill, which is being converted into apartments.

A supporting statement by architect Peter Humphrey says the area of potential development has "therefore increased enabling the addition of the further five units".

But the parish council says the original approval for six homes includes a provision for amenity space, and that Mr Humphrey's statement refers to "discussion with the parks department on the provision of appropriate play equipment".

The parish council adds: "Without the space to locate this, these negotiations are pointless.

"The remaining plots of Miller's Rest site should be used to provide amenity space and the Old Mill site should not be developed over and above the apartments for which permission has already been granted."

Three residents of Russell Drive, which neighbours Bridle Close, have also raised objections with the borough council.

Pauline Love said: "An increase of at least 20 cars passing through Bridle Close on to the main estate would increase the possibilities of an accident."

Mrs J Brunt said: "A pair of semis and the detached house will block out a lot of light."

And Mr C Thorne said: "There will be added pressure on local amenities such as GPs, nurses and local schools.

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