Cromer Town Council submits long list of objections to North Lodge Park car-park plan

North Lodge, Cromer Town Council.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


Plans to create a 48-space car park in part of Cromer's North Lodge Park were subjected to fine toothcomb treatment by town councillors last night.

And this morning North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) will be receiving a long list of detailed objections, pulling apart its controversial scheme for the attraction.

The town council's planning committee agreed the highly-critical document after spending one hour and 35 minutes discussing the proposal in minute detail.

Mayor Tim Adams had prepared a list of relevant NNDC and national planning policies covering Open Space designations, car-parking standards and highways, design, and the environment.

And members debated his numerous suggested objections under each heading. They included the partial loss of designated Open Space in a town deemed to be lacking in such areas, the lack of any traffic-flow analysis in the east of Cromer, the detrimental appearance of any height restriction barrier at the entrance, and light pollution.

But members did agree to 'strongly support' in principle the provision of a Changing Places facility in the town. NNDC's proposal includes new public toilets.

Phil Harris said he believed NNDC had pulled out of a deal to transfer North Lodge Park to the town council because it wanted to make money from it whereas the town council wanted to keep it as a traditional park. He said NNDC's projected £30,000 annual income from a car park did not allow for any costs involved in providing and maintaining it.

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