Tourists abandoning their cars and creating problems in the streets of Burnham Market could be a thing of the past now a village car park and housing estate has been given the green light.
Fleur Hill was granted permission to build the 186 space car parking along with 32 new homes and three retail units on land at Foundry Field by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee yesterday.
The parking situation has created headaches for the emergency services over the years with firefighters being forced to move cars and paramedics being unable to get a stretcher to a resident as a car had been left in front of the home. The meeting also heard that Coasthopper was refusing to go into the village due to delays caused by parking.
Burnham Market parish councillor Rosalie Monbiot was delighted with the decision.
Speaking after the meeting Mrs Monbiot said: “It is marvellous. We are fully in favour and have worked closely with Fleur Hill. This is good news for the village and will resolve a massive problem.
“The parking is horrendous. Cars are left on junctions and double parked.”
Mrs Monbiot had earlier told the meeting that the village has been waiting for a car park for 37 years and that problems were not a seasonal issue but happen all year round.
The development will consist of 32 dwellings, including six affordable unit, along with three retail units and open space. A former day centre will also be demolished to make way for an access into the site.
Developer Jamie Bird told the committee that this was a culmination of three years of hard work with the parish council.
A letter from ward member Sam Sandell was also read out during the meeting which highlighted the problems faced by emergency services, including a paramedic being unable to get a stretcher into a resident’s home due to tourists parking.
Former West Norfolk mayor Elizabeth Watson said: “As a former resident and as a frequent visitor and user of the services I would like to express my support as I know of the difficulties.”
Tony Storey called for the affordable homes to be offered to local people while Michael Pitcher asked about the number of disabled car parking spaces in the car park.
David Collis, North Lynn ward member, said he was impressed by the project.
He said: “The whole project to my mind is innovative and provides a facility for that area that is long overdue. The parking scenario will be greatly improved.”