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 Seven of Ten EDP articles about the housing plan

“Planning plaint

Sir—Your front page headlines and leading article on Wednesday regarding the 500.000 new homes required each year are really amusing, and I wonder how long the public is going to tolerate the present ridiculous set up of town and country planning authorities.
The present “envelope system” of villages is putting money into the hands and pockets of landowners only, for as soon as they know that their land is within an envelope they raise the price sky high, which puts the cost of any house built on it beyond the reach of ordinary people. Moreover, these landowners are the people who will control the amount of building that can be done in any village, not the Government or the builders. What can be more absurd than a situation where one is allowed to build but cannot buy the land; and where one can get the land to build but the planning authorities refuse permission. This has been my recent experience at Scarning, where I want to erect 107 houses on non-agricultural land.
I am sending a copy of this letter, together with your paper, to the Minister of Housing and Local Government.

—Yours faithfully. D. C. POTTER (for Potter Bros.)
Dereham”

Published on Monday 13 Jul 1964 by the Eastern Daily Press.

Download a full scale PDF version of the EDP page = 13th July 1964– this is highly recommended as it allows you to read all the other fascinating stories, particularly letters discussing “snobbish” audiences at the Maddermarket Theatre and an archive piece from  1914 about voluntary contributions to maintain the Norwich hospital – pre NHS, of course  – and another advert for the Noverre cinema which was now  showing “Two Way Stretch” starring Peter Sellers.

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