As proof that what goes around comes around, here is a story from sixty years ago which could easily be in today’s EDP. It is a long saga which involves a controversial proposal to build a housing estate within Scarning. It involved railway connections (North Elmham?), a retirement village (Etling Green?), and building on land prone to flooding (just about anywhere!). It was so controversial that it required appeals, public enquiries, EDP editorials and even questions in Parliament.

The land was on Podmore Lane in Scarning, but I’m not certain exactly where, so it would be wonderful if could tell more about the proposal.  Does anyone one remember the story, or perhaps your parents do? I’d love to hear more – Chris Farnham 07836 675858 Chris@FarnhamFarms.Co.UK

I’ve found ten EDP articles about “Scarning Haven” and will post one each day for…. you’ve guessed it, ten days. So keep coming back each day to read the story as it unfolds.

Part Three of Ten EDP articles about the housing plan

“To question Minister on Scarning houses

In the House of Commons next Tuesday, Mr. A. V. Hilton, M.P. for South-West Norfolk, will ask the Minister of Housing and Local Government. Sir Keith Joseph, why planning permission was not given for the development and building of more than 100 dwellings on land at Podmore, Scorning.
He will also ask in view of the shortage of houses in the area. if the Minister will reconsider his decision and allow these houses to be built.”

Published on Friday 7 Feb 1964 by the Eastern Daily Press.

Download a full scale PDF version of the EDP page = 7th February 1964 – this is highly recommended as it allows you to read all the other fascinating stories, including articles about the “Uncertain and patchy Stock Exchange” and a battle over Mousehold Heath.

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