Green fenced off by thwarted developers in King’s Lynn

Russett Close residents are upset that an area of grass has been ploughed over and fenced off. ANL-140327-121243001
Russett Close residents are upset that an area of grass has been ploughed over and fenced off. ANL-140327-121243001
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A developer has angered residents of a Lynn estate after fencing off a green weeks after a planning application was thrown out.

People living in Russett Close had hoped their amenity area had been saved from becoming an entrance road to a new estate after West Norfolk Council denied Boyer Investments planning permission to build 95 homes earlier this month.

But their hopes proved false as the company fenced off and rotivated the green, which has been maintained by the council for many years.

London-based Boyer says it is appealing against the planning decision and that the land was always privately owned but the council says it is monitoring the situation and may consider enforcement action.

David Reay, who has lived opposite the green for almost 30 years, has branded the fencing as “petty”.

He said: “I think it is disgraceful and it says something for the fact that it seems to have been done out of spite. Fencing off the area is one thing but it adds insult to injury to churn the field up for no good reason.”

The Lynn News has also received a number of letters from residents who are angry that the action has been taken after planning permission was denied and shows a lack of regard for the community.

Katie Mathunjwa wrote: “We were attracted to the close as we have two young children and felt they could play safely.”

A council spokesman said the authority is aware of the situation. She said: “We are looking at all the options including the possibility of taking enforcement action.”

Isabel Boyer, the company’s managing director, said she was planning to appeal against the decision.

She said: “We remain committed to helping Lynn to meet its housing needs. There was a lot of discussion at the planning committee about the current function of the land which would be used to access the proposed site for development through Russet Close.

“ The land in question however, is not amenity land, has always been privately owned and is now in the ownership of Boyer Investment. As a result, we have erected fences on the land which meet the permitted development rights under planning law to make it clear that it is private land. There will be new public open space within the new development.”