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A LONG-RUNNING scheme to replace two former church halls in the Norton Conservation area with housing could be resolved next week.

The remaining potential obstacle to the proposed development off Norton Lane has been removed, say council planners. Proposals for 13 apartments fall under the current threshold set by the Government that requires developers to include affordable housing – homes at below the market value.

This was the only sticking point when a Government inspector dismissed an appeal against the council’s rejection of an application for 18 apartments. The impact on the conservation area and nearby listed buildings was judged to be acceptable.

Councillors will consider nine letters of objection and 20 of support on Monday. The application is from St James Parochial Church Council.