Wake up, and do something for charity! Weybourne developer embroiled in war of words with placard-waving protesters over home extension

Placard-waving protesters objected to the proposed development during a site visit in Weybourne. Pic

Placard-waving protesters objected to the proposed development during a site visit in Weybourne. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

A war of words broke out among rival sides during a site visit organised by the council to discuss contentious plans to build a single storey extension to a home in a village in north Norfolk.

Placard-waving protesters objected to the proposed development during a site visit in Weybourne. Pic

Placard-waving protesters objected to the proposed development during a site visit in Weybourne. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY

Steven Boon already has permission to add a double garage to his property in Pine Walk, Weybourne.

Now he has applied to North Norfolk District Council for permission to construct a single storey rear extension by increasing the roof height of the development.

However, members of the local authority's development committee were met by placard-waving protesters - including members of the parish council - who are concerned over the impact it will have on the area.

Pointing to a neighbouring bungalow with a higher roof, Mr Boon told objectors gathered in the street: 'Wake up, and do something for charity.'

Placard-waving protesters objected to the proposed development during a site visit in Weybourne. Pic

Placard-waving protesters objected to the proposed development during a site visit in Weybourne. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY


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But one protester responded: 'Why don't you do something for charity and leave.'

The application is due to be discussed at the next meeting of the development committee, at district council headquarters in Cromer, on Thursday, January 19, at 9.30am - and officers have recommended it for approval.

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Ann Collings, who lives next door to the proposed development, said: 'That extension is going right behind my hedge, 20 foot over, it will take the light out of my rooms, the light out of my garden.'

But Mr Boon replied: 'The only light shaded in her (Mrs Collings') garden is from a tree which is protected and her shrubbery.'

He added: 'I've already got planning for the garage, if I just put the extension on the back and have a slanted cantilever roof that's permitted development.

'What this is costing today, with the councillors here, is an absolute utter joke.'

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