Bid backed for 120 new homes in Hunstanton

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Initial plans for 120 new homes in Hunstanton were given the go-ahead by councillors yesterday.

Members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee backed a recommendation to approve the scheme for land east of Cromer Road, subject to the completion of legal agreements relating to affordable housing, drainage and financial contributions to local services.

The agreement, which must be completed by early September, includes investment worth almost £340,000 in the resort’s primary school.

Christine Earnshaw, speaking on behalf of the town council, which supports the scheme, told the committee the idea of developing the site had been in the public domain since 2009.

Objectors had questioned the need for the development, pointing out that dozens of homes are currently for sale in the town.

But Mrs Earnshaw said: “We recognise the need for new housing to make the town more financially viable.

“We need affordable housing for rent, for shared ownership. We just need more housing.”

Concerns were expressed over where affordable homes would be sited as part of the site.

But committee member Carol Bower said she liked the indicated layout.