A derelict hotel in the heart of a Broads tourism hotspot is to be torn down within the year after the owner received planning permission to build 17 flats on the site.

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During a planning meeting on Friday, North Norfolk district councillors unanimously approved an application to demolish the Broads Hotel in Hoveton to make way for 17 apartments with underground parking.

The approval comes with the condition that the site is cleared within 12 months and building work is started before the end of two years. A Section 106 contribution towards an off-site play area was also requested.

The hotel has been closed since 2007 and has become run down. Its owner Jon Herbert, who is both a Norfolk county and South Norfolk district councillor, had been accused of making river-front Station Road look like an inner-city slum.

Speaking after the meeting, North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said he was delighted by the decision. Mr Lamb, who has campaigned for action on the hotel after receiving complaints from local residents, said: “I am delighted we have finally got this breakthrough. It has taken a long time, far longer than it should have done. Now it has to happen. It is both an eyesore and dangerous and we need to get it demolished.”

A previous application for 24 apartments and car parking on the site was rejected on appeal in October 2007 after councillors said the four-storey development was too high.

Richard Smith, of MPS Property Consultants, addressed councillors on behalf of the hotel owner.

He said he had been working with planning officers to address concerns of councillors and members of the public.

He said: “We have reduced the height of the building by one storey. This has allowed us to reduce the number of apartments to 17 and the development now sits more comfortably within the street scene.

“It is a high quality development and we hope it will kick start the regeneration of Station Road.”

An oak tree at the entrance to the site is to be replaced as part of the scheme and councillors requested it was kept in place until building work had started.

4 comments

  • We are all pretty cynical of any form of councillor, district or county, ineptitude seems to be endemic in the breed. This one should be not only ashamed of himself but also sacked and never allowed to be in a position of any "importance" ever again. He has allowed one of the main roads in one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK to be an eyesore and damaging to the tourist industry and is, BTW, both a county AND district councillor himself. AND he will now benefit from having the planning permission (council again....ineptitiude) to build the new flats which will convert the exisiting non revenue earning (for him) into a money machine (for him) for the foreseeable future. It would be hard to make this up!!!!

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    Windless

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • Bit puzzled by Ian's comments. Whilst clearly a personal rant against coucillors in general - and maybe Jon Herbert in particular - but I cannot see how Mr Herbert, inept or not, has 'has allowed one of the main roads in one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK to be an eyesore and damaging to the tourist industry..' His building is run-down and is being developed - that he will make money from it is a fact of life. The real question should be how will in benefit local builders, local businesses and the local economy.

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    Normal bloke

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • Nothing inept here, Ian. Cronyism and vested interests maybe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

  • Seem to remember an incident which could have caused it to burn down........

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

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