Controversial plans to build 78 new homes in Carlton Colville delayed
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A controversial bid to build a new housing estate within the setting of a Grade II* listed church has been delayed after councillors voted to visit the site to more accurately assess the community impact.
The proposed outline application for 78 new homes in Carlton Colville was expected to be refused by Waveney District Council's planning committee last week.
However, the decision was deferred as ten councillors voted in favour of viewing the site first and one voted to refuse the application entirely.
The proposed scheme, submitted by Badger Building, would see homes built opposite St Peter's Church on the land at Church Lane and Chapel Road.
In previous months residents, councillors and Historic England have voiced concerns that the proposal will negatively impact the setting of the church and nearby residents.
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St Peter's Church is the oldest recorded building in the town. It was originally built in 1326, then rebuilt in 1884, and is Grade II* listed – meaning it is a particularly important building of more than special interest.
Historic England objected to the applications and said developing the last open area of land in the setting of the church would result in harm to the significance of the building.
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Paul Light, of Carlton Colville Town Council, believes the area's existing infrastructure could not cope with the influx of residents the proposal would bring.
He said: 'The infrastructure is already inadequate with drains and sewers working to capacity.
'For a number of years now I have been drawing attention to a number of roads that are regularly surface flooding in that area because of the burden various developments have placed on the drains.'
Mr Light also said the development would increase pressure on existing services such as school places, dentists and doctors.
In the planning report presented to the committee, the town council recommended refusal and said: 'The area under consideration is deemed by the community and Carlton Colville Town Council to be of great importance.
'It is the last remaining site which in any way reflects the heritage of the village and should be protected.'
In its design and access statement, Badger Building said it was likely the majority of homes would be two storey, with a significant area of open space included on the southern boundary of the site. It also said it would provide extra parking for the church to meet modern needs.
The site visit is due to take place in early March.