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by michael - 10:31 on 06 November 2007
Last night’s parish council meeting was heavily attended and highly charged when more than 30 members of the public crowded into the village hall to hear a proposal from a developer’s agent (the developer being named as a Ms A Bustard from Dereham) to erect 14 new properties on what is now the 1.5 acres of land belonging to White House Farm on The Street.
The development is proposed to consist of six detached, two semi detached and a further six low-cost affordable houses to be owned by a local housing association.
The general opposition to the proposal was very clear indeed. Concerns were raised in regard to flooding, parking and the protection of wild life including the blue butterfly and voles which are known to be present. Further concern was raised over the proposal to demolish a well established older property, part of the character of the village, to make way for a mini housing estate. It was very clear that this development was not wanted by the majority of the public at last night’s meeting.
It was also stated that the school governors had met earlier in the week and were heavily opposed to the development, the entrance of which would be almost opposite that of the school entrance.
The council reserved their judgment on this issue until they had time to consider it further.
Also on the agenda was a proposal to build a bungalow and garage for the chicken farm in Griston. It was not understood why such a building was required. The question being asked was, when the farm has temporary chicken sheds and temporary grain silos then why is a permanent building required? The parish council added their support to that of Griston Parish Council in opposing the application.
At the Public Participation the subject was raised yet again with regard to speeding motorists, this time along Northacre. The finger again being pointed at prison officers. A plea was made to train members of the public in the use of speed guns in order to deter law breaking within the village. this was clearly a highly emotive issue and it was agreed to be placed again on the agenda for the next meeting.
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