People in a Norfolk village have raised strong concerns over plans for a large housing development of more than 50 homes for their community.

More than 100 formal objections have been made against the proposals in Gillingham, near Beccles, for land to the south of The Street, where 22 homes have recently been built. 

An indicative layout drawing in the plans shows more than 50 houses in the development, as well as a children's play area.

Applicant Brown&Co filed plans for the development in October 2022 and it is still pending consideration from South Norfolk Council's planning committee.

Gillingham Parish Council, in their unanimous objection to the proposal, say that traffic in the village is "already dangerous", especially around The Street, where the most recent development was completed.

The Gillingham councillors also say there is a "lack of sewage infrastructure", amid "concerns of flooding" in the parish.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: A map of Brown&Co's proposed development siteA map of Brown&Co's proposed development site (Image: Brown&Co)

The village is in a flood warning zone, positioned next to marshland off the River Waveney.

But Brown&Co say that the development includes "significant community benefits" such as creating affordable homes, financial Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money for the parish council and an area outlined for the village's primary school to be relocated to.

Plans show 0.5 hectares in an area which is to be reserved for a possible expansion of the primary school.

Brown&Co say this is a "direct request from Norfolk County Council".

Beccles & Bungay Journal: The Hearts Services in Gillingham, Norfolk, under construction of a KFC and Starbucks drive-thru last yearThe Hearts Services in Gillingham, Norfolk, under construction of a KFC and Starbucks drive-thru last year (Image: Mike Page)

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The area proposed for development, The Street, is a road which connects Gillingham with Geldeston, and Geldeston Parish Council objects to the proposals due to the impact it will have on the small village.

Beccles Medical Centre voiced concerns about the increased demand for their services due to "2000 proposed new homes", including this proposal, within the surgeries catchment area.

But the medical centre says they have "no particular objection" to the plans and have asked the applicant to support their bid for 20 additional parking spaces at the medical practice in Beccles. 

To view the planning application search for application number 2022/1993 in South Norfolk's planning portal.