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Norfolk housing: Plans for 135 homes in Mulbarton rejected

Mulbarton church and pond near the Common Image copyright Geograph/Katy Walters
Image caption Plans for a new housing development in Mulbarton have been turned down

Plans for 135 homes have been rejected after a campaign by villagers who said it would "erode the countryside".

The development proposed for Mulbarton, near Norwich, was refused by South Norfolk Council's planning committee.

It had attracted an outcry with 600 people signing a petition and 400 letters of objection received.

Nick Legg, councillor for Mulbarton who sits on the committee, said: "People want to live in Mulbarton because it is a village community and not a suburb."

The Tory councillor added the plans "would have eroded the countryside between Mulbarton and Swardeston".

Mulbarton Parish Council and the Mulbarton Residents' Group representatives urged the committee to follow the recommendations of planning officers and refuse the scheme by Glavenhill Strategic Land, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Peter Leigh, chairman of the parish council, said: "As a parish council we have reflected the overwhelming view of the people of Mulbarton who have campaigned against this plan.

"In making this decision the committee has recognised the impact it would have had on our residents."

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