Pegasus Group, on behalf of George Scarborough Ltd, has secured planning permission for 26 new affordable homes in the village of Outwell, Norfolk.

The outline proposal was approved by Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Council in early November after it agreed that the development met national planning criteria regarding the delivery of affordable homes on unallocated sites. National Planning Policy Framework supports the development of entry-level sites that offer affordable homes for first time buyers or renters.

The high quality affordable housing scheme at Outwell, 15 miles south west of King’s Lynn, is in a highly sustainable location, less than 500m from the local shops, services and public transport connections, and will boost local spend in the area. It will also create new ecological habitats and public open space for the wider community.

Bruce Smith, George Scarborough Ltd, said, “There is a sizeable affordable housing shortfall across Norfolk and we have worked closely with Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Council to understand its specific housing need and devise a scheme that responds to the identified local need. Our focus now will be to secure a developer to deliver the high quality, affordable scheme.”

Gabrielle Rowan, Director at Pegasus Group, added, “The scheme in Outwell is an excellent example of a highly sustainable housing site that, while not allocated in the local plan, has the potential to deliver much-needed housing and be a boost to the local community. NPPF rightly makes provision for such sites, in recognition of the role that they can play in securing affordable housing in areas that persistently under deliver. Kings Lynn and West Norfolk has amassed a shortfall of -312 affordable homes in the last two years alone and this proposal directly helps to address this urgent need.”

Pegasus Group led on matters of planning, design and landscape, and worked alongside specialist affordable housing advisor Tetlow King.