West Norfolk affordable homes proposals refused

The proposed site for new homes beside the A149 at Old Hunstanton. Picture: Matthew Usher. The proposed site for new homes beside the A149 at Old Hunstanton. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
6:58 AM

Proposals for new affordable housing in both Heacham and Old Hunstanton were turned down by West Norfolk councillors yesterday – despite an impassioned plea by one of the planning committee members.

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Hastoe Housing Association’s application to build 15 affordable homes on land next to the A149 Cromer Road, south of the Coach House, in Old Hunstanton, was refused by nine votes to eight.

And a proposal for outline permission for 70 new homes, including at least 20pc affordable housing, 60 housing-with-care homes, and a 60-bed care home on land west of the A149 Lynn Road in Heacham was unanimously refused at the same meeting.

Councillors were told that Hastoe’s plans would help meet affordable housing need in Old Hunstanton and adjoining parishes, in which there are currently 33 households on the council’s housing register.

But Old Hunstanton Parish Council objected to the application and councillors were told plans would reduce the physical gap between Hunstanton and Old Hunstanton.

The decision to turn it down came despite councillor Martin Storey imploring his colleagues to approve it. He said: “This is an opportunity to help more than 30 families on the housing list and we have a site available to meet that need in the area... This is an opportunity for this area to stand up and be counted, to back what we say and help people in the area. I’m in a mind to put people before profit and actions before words.”

However, Andrew Morrison said he was worried the site was encroaching on greenbelt land.

Councillors were told that if they approved the scheme, which was opposite the golf course, there should be an agreement to ensure the housing remained affordable with priority given to residents.

But it was rejected on the grounds that the harm would outweigh benefits and that the gap between Old Hunstanton and Hunstanton needed to be maintained.

Meanwhile, officers had recommended councillors refuse Broadland Housing Association and Townsfolk Ltd’s application for outline permission in Heacham as it represented a significant incursion into open countryside. Avril Wright said the proposal would mean the village “sprawling” into Snettisham. She said: “The A149 is a nightmare as soon as it gets to holiday time and this would put enormous strain on the NHS and the doctor’s surgery.”

The meeting was packed with Heacham residents opposed to the plans who celebrated when the decision was made. The council received more than 220 letters of objection to the plans and five letters of support.

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2 comments

  • Hunstanton and Heacham already have sizeable Council housing estates. There are another 15 affordable homes currently being built in Hunstanton. Hunstanton has also been earmarked for another 220 homes of which at least 44 will be affordable. The Old Hunstanton site is on a bad bend and any one living their would have had to cross a busy main road to access a footpath. This footpath is not wide enough for two people to walk side by side. As the article says it would have closed the gap between Old Hunstanton and Hunstanton. Old Hunstanton has little or no services to support these homes. The Heacham site was refused because it is not the most sustainable site for development and it would add 300% more traffic to an already dangerous traffic. SItes with better access that are closer to the village centre have been identified by the County's LDF team and will now be brought forward for development and will include around 15 affordable homes. Heacham recently developed an affordable hosing project of around 20 homes off it's own back. The people of Hunstanton and Heacham are not opposed to all development but we do want new developments to be in the right place and of the right type.

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    Daniel Parton

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Heacham and Hunstanton do not provide homes for poor folk, they are exclusive villages for nose bleeders and the retired, grudgingly allowing tourist access to their hallowed lanes. Green belt land has been devalued by this Government, when it suits them that is, but not here in North Norfolk were the Green belt grows at least a foot higher than in the next village, a special place for special people. Any appeals to that decision?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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