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Anger over access to affordable development on Hunstanton Sheep Field

PUBLISHED: 21:04 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:46 22 January 2018

Alexandra Road, in Hunstanton, which residents fear could be used to access a new housing development on the Sheep Field. Picture: Chris Bishop

Alexandra Road, in Hunstanton, which residents fear could be used to access a new housing development on the Sheep Field. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Plans to build 30 affordable homes on a field in Hunstanton have angered people living around the site.

They fear their roads will be used to access the development proposed for the Sheep Field, between Alexandra Road and Tesco.

Some 176 of them have signed a petition calling for the development to instead be accessed via a roundabout on the supermarket’s access road.

It was presented to Hunstanton Town Council tonight by Sandy Marchant, who lives on Crescent Road near the proposed development. Mrs Marchant said it had been signed by residents of Crescent Road, Melton Drive, Willow Road, Hill Street and Alexandra Road.

Mayor and town council chairman Adrian Winnington said late last year it had been approached by West Norfolk council, which owns the Sheep Field, about building affordable homes.

“They are very keen that these houses and the people living in these houses take responsibility for the area and it becomes a community housing site,” he told the full council meeting.

A document seen by edp24 says there would be “approximately 30” homes in the development. It adds preference will be given to local people and those working in the town when it comes to letting or selling the properties.

Town councillor Robert Corby said: “I don’t personally believe the development should go through Alexandra Road, I don’t believe it should go through Waveney Road.

“There are lots of questions this proposal doesn’t answer. We may need houses but there are loads and loads of sites in Hunstanton designated for development.”

Mr Corby asked whether any alternative access to the site had been considered. The Tesco roundabout was built with a potential extra exit which could serve a future development.

Mr Winnington said the town council was aware of the problem over access and had put that to the borough. He added: “The reason they’ve chosen that site is that they own that site and also they have received money from the government to counteract the number of second homes in this area.

“The provision of affordable housing is a very important criteria for this town. A number of us have mixed views on this, we are eager to see this kind of housing but we are very concerned about the access and the problems that might cause.”

He said residents concerns would be taken on board and relayed to the borough council.

Councillor Christine Earnshaw said: “There’s very little affordable housing in Hunstanton. Our problem is not whether that field should be built on, our problem is access.”

No formal planning application has so far been drawn up for the site. A public consultation is being held at Hunstanton Town Hall on Thursday, February 22 (2 - 7pm).


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