Residents say no to plans for 166 homes at Hunstanton meeting
16:50 30 September 2014
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Sixty-five out of 70 residents have signed a petition to object proposed plans for a housing estate to be built on the edge of Hunstanton.
Organised by the Hunstanton and District Civic Society, a meeting held at the town’s Smithdon High School asked attendees if they would like to sign in support of the society objecting to 166 homes being built west of the A149.
Chaired by Andrew Murray, the meeting gave a presentation about the pros and cons of development in the seaside town and debated about the proposed Butterfield Meadow estate.
He said: “The meeting was called as there was a large number of residents that had a meeting at the town hall but they was not able to say their views.
“The consensus is that people want the town to develop but are concerned that there are not enough jobs. There is also a concern about access, we don’t want the A149 becoming more clogged up, it would impact on day trippers coming to the coast and it would impact on Heacham.”
In a letter read out at the meeting, written by north-west Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, he wrote it is unrealistic to rule out any development at all.” But he added: “I would not support a development of more than between 40 to 50 houses and certainly not one that was accessed through Harrys Way or anywhere else on the Manorfields Estate.”
County councillor Richard Bird, said that there the town is in desperate need for affordable housing. He said: “But what about those who are living in flats with children who are lugging buggies up and down stairs, they would probably like to have a garden too, also for people who are having to travel into work.”
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