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Controversial Three Owls Farm development in Blakeney turned down by planners

PUBLISHED: 14:54 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:06 27 April 2015

The proposed site of a controversial planning application on the edge of Blakeney village for a two-and-a-half storey house in the countryside called 3 Owls which local residents think will ruin an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The proposed site of a controversial planning application on the edge of Blakeney village for a two-and-a-half storey house in the countryside called 3 Owls which local residents think will ruin an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2015

Planners have refused a second bid to build a new family home in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in north Norfolk.

The proposed site of a controversial planning application on the edge of Blakeney village for a two-and-a-half storey house in the countryside called 3 Owls which local residents think will ruin an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREThe proposed site of a controversial planning application on the edge of Blakeney village for a two-and-a-half storey house in the countryside called 3 Owls which local residents think will ruin an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Eight members of North Norfolk District Council’s development committee voted to turn down an application to build a five-bedroom two-and-a-half story home just outside Blakeney.

A previous application for a more contemporary building on the same site was turned down by planners last year, and an appeal to the planning inspector was unsuccessful.

There were 74 letters of objection to the latest plans, which claimed the building would impact the AONB and would result in a “serious visual intrusion” to the Glaven Valley Conservation Area.

Officers had recommended approval, but committee members voted eight to four against the plans, because they believed the size and location of the farmstead would increase its impact on the countryside.

They also felt its appearance would detract from the special qualities of the AONB and have an adverse impact on the Glaven Valley.

The applicant wanted to pull down existing buildings on the Saxlingham Road site, including a bungalow, barns and outbuildings, and erect the new home nearby.

Speaking at the meeting, the applicant’s agent Tim Schofield claimed the barn would have been an excellent example of a tradition building in the area.

He added: “We considered this application very carefully before it was submitted.”

But Blakeney Parish Council chairman Tony Faulkner said the application was far from the existing bungalow, and three times larger.

He added: “This is a huge increase and must be considered a disproportionately large increase.

“There is no reason why a new house consistent with the policy can’t be built on the site of the existing bungalow or close to it.”

Jim Crossley, from Wiveton Parish Council, said: “I am very pleased with the decision. I think the council heard all the arguments and they have shown due respect for the importance of maintaining an AONB and the strong views of almost all the residents.”

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Schofield said he was not ready to comment.

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