Consent granted for 100 new homes in Martham

Planning committee members have given the green light to 100 new homes in Martham, regenerating a former mushroom farm site.

Persimmon Homes aims to start work on the brownfield site, on White Street, in June 2016 following approval by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Andrew Fuller, managing director for Persimmon Homes Anglia, said:

“We are pleased to achieve planning approval for this development, which will transform what is currently a local eyesore into a collection of much-needed new homes in this popular village.”

The development, to be known as Persimmon Gardens, will include two, three and four bedroom homes arranged around a large central area of open space, reflecting Martham’s existing ‘village green’ areas.

Andrew added:

“Many of the homes have been designed with architectural features sympathetic to Martham’s heritage characteristics, and additional open space around the site entrance will create a welcoming transition between the new homes and the adjacent Conservation Area.”

“We will also be making significant contributions towards highway improvements and the borough’s wildlife monitoring and mitigation fund, as part of our investment in this location.”

The site fell into disrepair following the closure of the mushroom farm in the 1990s and a series of fires. Persimmon’s plans to redevelop the land have been welcomed by the local community.

Potential buyers are invited to register their interest in the homes via the Persimmon Homes website – – to be first to find out when properties are released for sale.

The Government estimates around 300,000 new homes need to be built each year to meet the demand that has grown since the economic downturn of 2008. It has put in place a raft of measures, such as a review of planning regulations, providing finance for large-scale infrastructure projects and helping individuals to access affordable mortgages through schemes like Help To Buy.

Persimmon Homes Anglia has new homes developments throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.