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Survey will look at Hunstanton development sites

PUBLISHED: 11:37 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 28 June 2018

A beautiful day on the beach in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

A beautiful day on the beach in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

A survey starts next week to see how Hunstanton’s southern seafront could be redeveloped.

The area between the Green and the outskirts of Heacham has been earmarked for regeneration and design guru Wayne Hemingway has been appointed to draw up a masterplan.

It will revisit ideas first proposed around 10 years ago, including building a marine lake next to the Sea Life Sanctuary.

Contractors appointed by the council will be seen in and around the ssouthern part of the prom, the Oasis Leisure Centre, car parks and the former Kit Kat and other places next week.

The topographic survey will identify and map contours on the sites and any existing above or slightly below ground features such as manholes, utility poles, retaining walls, trees and so on.

The survey will provide accurate information, which will assist with the development of future plans for the area.

Private owners and leaseholders within the study area have been informed that the survey is taking place.

Peter Hodson, West Norfolk council’s cabinet member for performance and economic development, said: “This survey work is a vital stage of the project and helps to determine development options and feasibility for each site.

“This information will be used by Hemingway Design, and will also be used in elements of our coastal management plan and one public estate work, as some sites overlap with these projects.”

Survey work has already been carried out in the bus station and library area of the town under the one public estate initiative and further survey work will be carried out on other sites identified under one public estate in the coming months.

Alistair Beales, the council’s cabinet member for corporate projects and assets, added: “It’s important that people know that we are looking at a number of projects that will ensure that publicly-owned assets are rationalised to improve services, reduce costs and drive growth and development.

“We are also looking at regeneration projects to increase tourism and investment opportunities in the area.

“With all these projects we are very much at the information gathering stage. This data will inform the development of future proposals.”

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