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Opposition grows to 21 home cul-de-sac plan in Hemsby

PUBLISHED: 12:30 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:24 19 September 2017

Friends of a man who lived in Hemsby for manu years are trying to find out about funeral details. Photo: James Bass

Friends of a man who lived in Hemsby for manu years are trying to find out about funeral details. Photo: James Bass

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Neighbours are opposing a cul-de-sac plan for the outskirts of Hemsby - and asking for the Pontins site to be decided before any other schemes are given the go-ahead.

An application has been made to build 21 new homes off Martham Road in the village, outside the development boundary.

The parish council has confirmed it is opposed to the scheme and residents have written to Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the deciding authority, to emphatically make their points.

Concerns raised include problems with drainage, run-off water, pressure on local services, the speed and volume of traffic already using the road, and uncertainty surrounding the Pontins site.

One letter-writer said Hemsby had already made enough of a contribution to the borough’s housing needs with several pockets of new housing already built or underway.

Another wrote: “If it’s just more houses at the expense of the residents in terms of both safety and quality of life by diluting their surrounding environment and resources further then I would firmly oppose.”

An application to build 200 houses on the former Pontins site was refused in April two years ago by six votes to five, although the decision notice has still not been officially issued.

Planning permission to build homes at the site has been refused four times since the camp closed with the loss of 55 jobs.

It is not currently allocated for housing but a new document detailing the sites that are is due to be published soon.

Unofficially several developers are said to have approached the borough council for pre-application advice regarding schemes for the site.

Parish council chairman Keith Kyriacou said if anything major came up about Pontins he would put it out to parishioners to gauge the local feeling.

Meanwhile outline plans for 93 homes in the village were given the go ahead in April.

Developer Scott Properties still has to submit a full application for the greenfield site which is bordered by Yarmouth Road with existing houses to the north and east,

and farmland to the south and west.

A spokesman said it would be “a while” before any building took place. A care home had objected.

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