Housing near school creates road safety concern

An inspector agreed with a Norfolk council's concern that the additional traffic generated by a new estate of 71 houses would create a highway safety issue near a primary school.

Development of the allocated housing site had been recommended for approval by planning officers in the absence of any objection from the highway authority but the planning committee disagreed. Reviewing evidence relating to existing and predicted traffic movements along the cul de sac, and seeing for herself the congestion in the vicinity of the school at drop-off and pick-up times, the inspector concluded the potential for accidents between vehicles and children would significantly increase as a result of the development and the harm to highway safety would not be overcome by a planning obligation providing for a school car parking and drop-off point. For this reason, in the context of a housing shortfall, she refused the scheme as not meeting the environmental dimension of sustainability.

Inspector: Catherine Beeby; Written representations

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