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 Six of Ten EDP articles about the housing plan

“Sir—Last Tuesday’s “E.D.P.” contained items that deserve further exploration. In a leading article it stated 60.000 acres of good agricultural land is being absorbed annually for building. Then the same issue reported the rejection of the plan to build 107 dwellings o derelict, useless land at Scarning that would sell at the low price of between £l3OO and £1500. This estate would have roads, sewers, water works. street lighting and a shop provided at no cost to the local council. The Planning Sub-Committee says the site is “divorced ” from the parish. Yet it Is only five minutes walk to the chapel, church, public-house, main bus route, the railway providing a halt within one minute.
Compare this with old people’s bungalows (built by us) for the local authority at Shipdham, which cost each year the Exchequer £24. Norfolk County Council £3O, Mitford and Launditch R.D.C. £3O. The 107 bungalows that I propose building would have produced income for the Council amounting to £2675 each year.
I was sold this land cheaply by a local farmer, which means I can build and sell cheaply, whose desire was to see it used for bungalows for people who were compelled to retire prematurely and with modest means. Scarning has little to boast about in beauty and since this application has been put in planning permission has been given for vet another already over crowded area for scrap cars and junk!
Does this make sense when the Government is urging builders and local authorities to give priority to the need to provide cheap but good homes for retired persons?—Yours faithfully.

D. C. POTTER, (for Potter Bros.).
Dereham”

Published on Tuesday 30 Jun 1964 by the Eastern Daily Press.

Download a full scale PDF version of the EDP page = 30th June 1964 – this is highly recommended as it allows you to read all the other fascinating stories, particularly another letter complaining of newly built bungalows in Sheringham with gardens that were too large(!), an advert for Mrs Dorothy Tufts of Bradenham thanking an MP for sorting out her pension, and and advert for the Noverre cinema which was showing “Can Can” starring Shirley Maclaine and Frank Sinatra.

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