PLANS to build dozens of homes on a flood-prone ‘wildlife haven’ – which has met with fierce opposition – appear to have taken a step closer after planning bosses confirmed they are satisfied by new access arrangements.

The scheme, on a field off Darton Lane, Darton, already has outline planning permission but a wrangle ensued over vehicular routes into the 46-home site.

However, documents revealed the issues have been rectified by joint applicants, Duchy Homes and The Church Commission, following discussions with the council’s planning and highways bosses which saw five entry points agreed on.

A report, which will be discussed by councillors on the planning board on Tuesday, said: “The applicants have been in consultation with the council’s highways officers in order to make a number of amendments to the internal layout and the provision of a road safety audit.

“The audit has been referred to the traffic team to review and they have advised that they are satisfied with the findings of the audit, which raises no significant concerns, and as such have no additional comments to add.

“Swept paths have also been supplied to demonstrate refuse vehicles can manoeuvre around the proposed junctions to demonstrate that the layout is acceptable.”