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Outline plans for up to 22 new homes in Watlington will come under the spotlight next week.

The application has been “called in” for discussion by West Norfolk councillor Jim Bhondi, ward member for Watlington and Tottenhill, amid some opposition to the development. 

But borough council planning committee members are recommended to approve the scheme at a meeting on Monday.

The application, submitted by King’s Lynn-based VLH Developments in the autumn, includes five affordable properties and 53 parking spaces.

If approved, the homes are to be built on a two-acre plot behind 24 to 36 Downham Road, currently garden land with sheds surrounded by existing homes.

The site would be accessed via Downham Road following the demolition of a property at number 32.

A report supporting the application said the development could be “comfortably accommodated” on the site and would “deliver a significant net increase in trees and hedgerow that will contribute positively to the character and biodiversity of the area”.

Natural England, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Norfolk County Council’s highways department have raised no objections.

The borough council has received 37 objections, including 20 from three neighbouring dwellings, the committee will hear.

There are concerns about the loss of wildlife habitat, drainage, increased traffic, the potential impact on local services and the lack of an area of open space in the proposals.

The council has received three letters in support of the scheme.

In a report to members, planning officers concluded: “In terms of form and character, and neighbour amenity, the scheme is acceptable”.