Planners approve 64 timber yard homes in Brandon

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It was third time lucky for plans for 64 homes on a former timber yard in Brandon when its revised plans went before planners.

Emblem Homes has amended its plans three times for the site off Fengate Drove, to overcome the objections from Natural England and Brandon Town Council

On Wednesday, Forest Heath Development Control Committee, approved the latest plans for the 1.5 hectare site which straddles the Suffolk-Norfolk border so also needs Breckland Council approval.

Conditions include contributions to education of £231,442 and libraries of £36,546.

The plan is for bungalows, flats and two and three bedroom houses, with vehicle access via Fengate Drove and cycle access to Brandon Road.

The first plans were submitted in November and Natural England objected because of the potential impact on the EU designated Breckland Special Protection Area.

Brandon Town Council supported the application if money was made available for traffic lights at the Fengate Drove junction of a bridge over the railway line.

The second version was lodged with the council in February and Natural England and Forest Heath District Council’s ecology officer called for further action to mitigate impact on the special protection area while Norfolk Police wanted changes to reduce the risk of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Version three was submitted in May with changes that suited both Natural England and the ecology officer and would mean the development would not impact on the special protection area.

However, Brandon Town Council objected to these proposals, raising concern traffic from the development will aggravate congested roads.