New consultation on Cromer’s North Lodge Park announced as car-park plans are tweaked

The current entrance to North Lodge Park in Cromer.

The current entrance to North Lodge Park in Cromer. - Credit: Archant © 2004

A further consultation has been announced on controversial plans to create a car park on Cromer's North Lodge Park.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), which is seeking planning permission from itself for the development, has tweaked the plans based on the results of public feedback, and will hold the extra consultation until December 7.

It is due to be decided by the council's development committee on December 15.

NNDC has been heavily criticised for under-investing in the park, once a major attraction, in recent years and a referendum on the proposed car park held last month resulted in nearly 79pc of the 799 Cromer people who voted saying that they did not want the development.

The amended plans show a cut of one car-park space, from 48 to 47 bays, making more room to access a ramp to a proposed new toilet block.

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Space would also be created to park two motorcycles, and there would be a new lighting column next to the pay-and-display machine.

The design and access statement about the plan has also been updated.

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It goes into greater detail about the park's setting within the conservation area and outlines the council's reasons for the proposal.

The revised document says the approximate £200,000 cost of the project: 'will serve as a catalyst for further investment as the profile of the park as a destination is raised to the point that commercial opportunities to revive the park through the introduction of new facilities and attractions might be realised.'

The new statement also elaborates on access details and the council states that, if planning permission was granted, it would agree to a Highway Authority condition to impose some waiting restrictions on Overstrand Road.

It adds: 'At this time, it is understood that on-street parking would be restricted along one side of Overstrand Road south from Cliff Lane, and involve a length of highway which could accommodated the parking of approximately 20 vehicles.'

NNDC leader Tom FitzPatrick said: 'We will be re-advertising the proposals in light of minor changes to the design following comments already received through public consultation.'

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