The Breckland Planning Committee this morning declined outline planning permission for the current proposal for development of the site at The White House.
Going totally against the recommendation of the planning officers, the decision of the planning committee was a very clear, unanimous, 15 to nil for refusal.
It was stated that this kind of estate development was not in accord with the nature of the village of Caston. Positioning an estate such as this, where it is the first housing to be seen when entering the village, could change the whole perception of the village and was therefore felt to be undesirable. Consideration in rural villages to the habitat of wildlife and the rural nature of any area should be considered and it was also undesirable to promote additional commuting from outlying villages by developing high density housing in them. There was also concern expressed that such development at the White House could increase flooding risks.
It further became clear that the developer's petition in favour of the development included names from as far afield as Ipswich. This petition was therefore devalued on that basis.