A plan to extend a landmark Cromer cliff top building and re-route a public footpath has been approved.

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North Norfolk district councillors voted in favour of the changes to the former lookout and gun tower on east cliff during a planning meeting on Friday.

An application to change the building from a holiday home to a permanent dwelling was also approved.

The proposals, submitted by London designer Emily Readett-Bayley, include building a single-storey back extension with a glazed link and a replacement side extension. An existing footpath, which cuts through the middle of the property’s garden, will be re-routed south to join a path through Warren Wood.

A number of objections were made to the scheme by local residents, who felt making the second world war building into a permanent home would create too much traffic on the access road. Concerns over the loss of a public footpath were also raised by the Open Spaces Society.

However, councillors felt the property would not generate excessive traffic and accepted the footpath had not been used for many years since the land around the property was fenced off.

Richard Shepherd said: “I think it is nice to see the building used again and the extension is in keeping.”

4 comments

  • Double standards from the planning department. One law for most of us, another for the few

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    weaversway

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • Should have been restored to its original state, complete with gun on the roof and used as a walking tourist attraction. Used to keep us fit climbing up on the roof.

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    Willis

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • yet another case of NNDC not listening to local people against the rerouting of another footpath just so some holidaymaker can extend thier property. pity they dont consider all planning applications with such apathy!!!!!

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • Ah, so us locals must remember next time we have planning issues, go to the press, bang on about our "celeb contacts", get some free advertising by repeatedly mentioning your company, then history proves the application gets approved!! Win win i would say - Good old NNDC!

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    ghjy

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

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