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White House to be Condemned to History

by David Blincow - parish councillor - 14:06 on 17 February 2015

The iconic "White House" on Griston Road, Caston, the former home of the local poet Chrissie Pye, is to be demolished and replaced by a new service road and eight new houses.  The plans to erase the building from the Caston skyline were approved by Breckland planning committee on the strength of  the chairman's vote at their meeting on 16th February 2015.  The proposed development had been strongly opposed by Caston Parish Council on several concerns including increased danger to schoolchildren as a result of increased traffic at school times surrounding a new junction immediately opposite the school entrance.  Additionally the development will encroach outside the settlement area and will consist of a mixture of detached houses and a three story terrace of houses fronting the development adjacent to the road outside the school.  Caston Parish Council also submitted that the type of development was not suitable for a rural village like Caston but the planning authority decided that the development of new housing was the overriding consideration. 

Comment from Alison Chapman at 19:22 on 04 April 2015.
I have lived in this village for quite sometime. I have always found it very friendly,but have recently noticed that the harmony of the village has been upset. New developments have taken place here for many years without much upset of the long term villagers.I personally like the new housing developments ,and will be pleased to see the rest of building developments planed for the village up and finished. And would also welcome some affordable housing so we could have an injection younger spirits in the village.

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