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 Nine of Ten EDP articles about the housing plan


Sir—The residents of the council houses owned by the Mitford and Launditch R.D.C. are very distressed at the decision of the Housing Minister in not allowing Mr. D. C. Potter to build on his ground at Scarning. Surely well-laid out bungalows with all amenities – water, drainage etc., would be far better in all respects than the present pre war council houses with no bathroom, no sanitation and water drawn from a pump – especially as they have just received a notification from the Council that they will have to pay an increase in rent from April 5th, next.

It is very difficult to understand why we should be expected to pay even higher rents for such a primitive way of living in these days of “all modern conveniences” and central heating. – Yours, etc.,

1, Council, Houses, Scarning.”

Published on Thursday 11 Mar 1965 by the Eastern Daily Press

Download a full scale PDF version of the EDP page  – 11th March 1965 – this is highly recommended as it allows you to read all the other fascinating stories, particularly editorials discussing  the Automobile Association’s plans for new loans to buy cars, and the doctor’s pay and conditions dispute, whilst the Theatre Royal in Norwich was showing “Tom Jones” starring Albert Finney & Susannah York, which was X-rated  for “Adults only”.