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 Four of Ten EDP articles about the housing plan

“Scarning housing application could be made again

A written Parliamentary reply has been given to Mr. A. V. Hilton, M.P. for South-West Norfolk. about the refusal of planning permission for more than 100 dwellings on land at Podmore, Seaming.
Mr. Hilton asked if in view of the shortage of houses in the area the Minister would reconsider his decision and allow these houses to be built.
Mr. F. V. Corfield, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Housing, states that the proposal was rejected by Norfolk County Council because it did not comply with their policy for development in rural areas.
The applicants appealed, but the Minister could not accept the appeal because they had not complied with a statutory requirement. “They are, of course, free to make a fresh application and appeal to him if permission is again refused,” says Mr. Corfield.”

Published on Wednesday 12 Feb 1964 by the Eastern Daily Press.

Download a full scale PDF version of the EDP page = 12th February 1964 – this is highly recommended as it allows you to read all the other fascinating stories, including articles such as the Gardeners Guide, water shortages and a new 4×4 utility vehicle.

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