Plans for more than 100 new homes have been submitted for land in Emneth.
The 13-acres of land at Elm High Road, is currently a greenfield site of grade I agricultural land and the application is for 117 homes with vehicles accessing the site to Elm High Road via Hunters Rowe.
The properties range from one to five bedrooms and include 20 per cent affordable housing.
The plot of land is close to Morrison’s and B&Q.
Members of West Norfolk Council’s planning committee have been recommended to approve the plan when they meet on Monday.
The site was part of a previously refused application for up to 500 homes.
“Overall, the proposed development is considered to achieve an economic, social and environmental role. The site is on the edge of Wisbech, considered to be a highly sustainable location within walking distance of the town centre,” says a report to committee members.
Emneth Parish Council has objected to the scheme because of the traffic impact and because the nearby former College of West Anglia site, which falls under Fenland District Council, is also earmarked for housing.
“Demolition works are being carried out at the former horticultural campus of the College of West Anglia, the junction of Ramnoth Road and Elm High Road. If, as expected, this brownfield site is developed for housing it will have a major impact on the New Common Bridge junction and Elm High Road. This should be taken into account in any traffic projections,” said a statement.
Fenland council also objects.
“Traffic modelling through the Wisbech Area Transport Study has repeatedly shown issues with congestion at this location,” said the council’s objection.
There have also been 19 letters of objection to the plan, highlighting traffic issues, loss of Grade I land and stating Hunters Rowe is not suitable to provide access to 117 dwellings.
The report says that because West Norfolk Council does not have a five-year land supply, while it agrees with many of the comments made by Fenland District Council; “this stance is difficult to support, given the presumption in favour of sustainable development, the close relationship of Wisbech and the lack of technical objection.”
The recommendation to approve comes with a raft of conditions to be met by The Grosvenor Partnership 3LP.