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 Five of Ten EDP articles about the housing plan

“Town and Country Planning Act 1962


NOTICE is Hereby Given that application is being made to the Mitford and Launditch Rural District Council by David Charles Potter. trading as Potter Brothers. Yaxham Road. East Dereham. in the County of Norfolk. for planning permission in respect of the building of 147 dwelling-houses, with. ancillary thereto. sewage disposal works, water works and a swimming pool.
A copy of the application and of the plans and other documents submitted with it may be inspected at all reasonable hours at the offices of Messrs. Hood, Vores & Allwood. Solicitors. The Priory, Church Street, East Dereham. in the County of Norfolk, during the period of 21 days beginning with the date of this notice.
Any person who wishes to make representation to the above•mentioned Council about the application should make them in writing within that period to the Clerk of the Council at the Guildhall, East Dereham aforesaid.

Dated 6th day of March. 1964 (Sgd) HOOD. VORES & ALLWOOD. On behalf of the said David Charles Potter.”

Published on Monday 9 Mar 1964 by the Eastern Daily Press.

Download a full scale PDF version of the EDP page = 9th March 1964 – this is highly recommended as it allows you to read all the other fascinating stories, particularly adverts on this page, including one for “the discerning traveller” who may wish to have a 14 day holiday on the Adriatic Coast for £65!