Homes and car park backed for site near Terrington St John school

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Proposals for more than 30 new homes, a new playing field and a dedicated parking area at a village school have been given backed by councillors.

Members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee unanimously approved the proposal for a site on School Road, Terrington St John, subject to the completion of legal agreements, during a meeting in Lynn on Monday.

Ahead of the meeting, residents and parish councillors had voiced concerns about the potential impact of the development on an area which they say is already very busy at peak times of the day.

But planning agent Peter Humphrey told the meeting the proposed parking area could only help to ease the existing problems in the area.

He also pointed out that the site had been allocated for development in the borough council’s development framework, of which public examination is currently ongoing.

But committee member Tony White voiced concerns about whether theplanned field would be provided.

He said: “We’ve had it before where we were promised village halls, we got the housing up and no village hall. What can we put in place to ensure we get what they’re promising?”

But officials said legal agreements, which must be completed within three months for consent to be formalised, would secure the field.

And Sheila Young said: “I do feel the development would enhance the sustainability of Terrington St John, which is a small village. It has a good health centre, a good store and garage. It needs the young input to keep that village going.”